The 2018/19 budget has been developed to provide increased value for money for ratepayers, ensuring important community assets are maintained while improving the quality and delivery of essential services.
Community feedback and consultation has enabled better understanding and prioritisation of projects and initiatives. Residents have indicated a need for additional footpaths and cycleways, quality streetscapes, well planned, vibrant and active town centres, accessible parks and recreational spaces along with sound management and protection of our unique natural waterways and the environment.
This year’s overall rate increase of 2% seeks to set the correct balance between being fiscally prudent and responsible in the current economic environment, while satisfying important community needs and expectations.
The introduction of differential rates aims to help our existing businesses grow, encourage new start-ups and attract other businesses and service providers into Murray. The aim is to widen our economic base and create more local jobs.
The Shire has worked openly with the community over the last year in the accomplishment of numerous projects. With your continued support we look forward to working together to make Murray an even better place to live, work, play and invest.