Council adopts 2020-21 Budget
Published on 22 July 2020
Pyrenees Shire Council has adopted the 2020-21 Budget and the addendum to the Rating Strategy.
The new budget sets out a roadmap for the coming year in terms of projects and improvements across the shire.
Council Mayor Tanya Kehoe said this budget included a $7.042million capital works program.
“We’re spending nearly a million dollars on gravel roads, $846,000 on reseals, $708,000 on bridges and drainage works,” Cr Kehoe said.
“Our Roads to Recovery allocation from the Federal Government will see $2.09 million spent on the road network,” she said.
Smaller projects are included in this budget, including the drought recovery program.
“There is $100,000 for footpath improvements, $250,000 for hall improvements and $95,000 for improved water infrastructure,” Cr Kehoe said.
Council has altered the Rating Strategy for the 2020-21 year to reduce the differential rate for farming properties.
The farming differential was planned to reduce by 0.9% this year, but it will reduce by 5% which will see a more equitable spread of rates across the municipality.
Cr Kehoe said this decision was made in response to a sharp rise in the value of properties.
“Council re-exhibited the budget and the strategy addendum in response to the new differential,” she said.
“We are pleased to present the 2020-21 Budget to the Pyrenees community.”