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Budget time – have your say

It’s budget time! Out on public exhibition until 18 May, the Byron Shire Council’s annual budget details how Council will allocate its operating budget for the upcoming year.

Have your say on the annual budget and the key projects within the annual Operational Plan and four yearly Delivery Program.

Byron Shire Council’s estimated annual consolidated 2017-2018 budget features a $74.8 million operating expenditure budget and an additional $44.6 million on capital works.

The budget includes the proposed Special Rate Variation which, if approved, includes an additional  $1.185 million expenditure on infrastructure renewal and maintenance works in 2017-18.

The general rates are proposed to increase by 7.5per cent, if the Special Rate Variation is approved by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART). There are no proposed increases to  water, sewerage, waste and stormwater charges in 2017-18.

For an average residential household, the annual total rates bill of general, water, sewerage, waste and stormwater charges will increase by a total of about $38.00 in 2017-18. If the Special Rate Variation is not approved, the average household total rates bill will decrease by $27.

For Ratepayers with properties in the Business and Farmland rating categories they can expect their rates to increase beyond the proposed 7.5 per cent special rate variation.  This is due to a proposed redistribution of the rating yield burden, which will see an additional increase in the rates paid for properties categorised as business and farmland, beyond the approved rate peg and Special Rate Variation limits,  and reduction in  the rates for residential properties. This shift is a result of feedback from the community during the special rate variation consultation process.

For the impact on individual properties, please go to Council rates calculator at http://www.byron.nsw.gov.au/rates-and-charges.

Council is expecting to find out about the special rate variation results mid-May.

The budget, yearly Operational Plan and four year Delivery Program is on public exhibition until 18 May and residents are encouraged to make a submission. Part of the exhibition also includes minor updates to the Community Strategic Plan to meet new requirements of the Disability Inclusion Act 2014.

Highlights within the yearly Operational Program include continued development of the Bangalow and Mullumbimby masterplans, implementing a Social Innovation Action Plan, preparing an Integrated Transport and Movement Plan, completion of the Rural and Residential Strategies and inclusion of planning control to encourage an increase in the supply of affordable housing stock.

The capital works program includes:

  • $2.56 million bridge upgrades
  • $4.3 million roundabout at Bayshore Drive, Byron Bay
  • $1.3 million North Ocean Shores Fires main upgrade
  • $2 million remediation works at South Byron and Mullumbimby STPs
  • $1.2 million on cycle ways in Byron Bay, Ocean Shores, Bangalow and Suffolk Park
  • $1.2 million upgrade to Broken Head Road
  • $650,000 upgrade to Bangalow road Hayters Hill
  • $604,000 Bangalow STP renewal
  • $610,000 upgrade at Pine Avenue, Mullumbimby
  • $441,100 upgrade at Rifle Range Road intersection at Lismore Road
  • $379,400 upgrade at The Terrace Brunswick Heads,
  • $260,000 upgrade at Paterson Street, Byron Bay
  • $500,000 Byron Bay Masterplan Railway precinct activation

In addition to capital works, the operating budget has seen the following increases:

  • 35.4 per cent increase in Rural Drainage maintenance funding totalling $146,500.
  • 25.4 per cent increase in Sealed Roads roadside mowing funding totalling $270,200.
  • 55.5 per cent increase in Unsealed Roads maintenance funding totalling $430,500.
  • 21.3 per cent increase in Urban Road vegetation control funding totalling $109,000.
  • 69.9 per cent increase in Urban Road tree maintenance funding totalling $184,400.

Did you know…

Council’s 2017-18 revenue is made up of 23 per cent from rates, 28 per cent from user charges and fees, 16 per cent from annual charges, 30 per cent from grants and 3 per cent from interest, investment and other revenue.

 

Like to find out more?

You can read the yearly Operational Plan, four year Delivery Program, budget, fees and charges at Byron Shire Council’s website www.byron.nsw.gov.au and chat to staff at the upcoming Farmers Markets:

Saturday -  6 May Mullumbimby - Renew Fest

Tuesday - 9 May New Brighton Farmers Market

Thursday - 11 May Byron Farmers Market

What else is on your rates notice in July?

For the first time from 1 July 2017, all councils in NSW are required to levy the Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) on rateable properties.  The levy will be calculated on the basis of a rate applied to land value depending upon the FESL classification applied to each property. This amount is decided by NSW Treasury and not councils.

Money raised from this levy does not go to councils but will passed onto NSW Treasury to assist in the funding of Emergency Services. This levy will replace the previous levy included in insurance premiums for those in the community who hold property insurance.

Media contact:

Media Communication Officer
Byron Shire Council
Ph: 02 6626 7320

Byron Shire is located at Australia's eastern-most point with a population of almost 29,000. It is a thriving community where residents and visitors live, work and play in a sustainable environment and where Council strives to deliver the highest standard of local government services and infrastructure.