2.8 per cent rate increase in 2017/18

PLAYFORD Council ratepayers will endure a 2.8 per cent rate rise in 2017/18, following the announcement of council’s new budget last week.
Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty said the hike was inevitable, due to State Government pressures being placed on council.
“Council has kept its rate increase as low as possible,” he said.
“Most of that increase is covered from government fees and charges that have been put on us by State Government.
“Obviously, we’re disappointed that the government continues to cost-shift things, such as the Solid Waste Levy, onto council, because residents are forced to pay.”
The council has committed $159 million of its new budget to boost commercial investment and create long-term employment in the region.
Around $99 million will be invested in ‘business as usual’ customer-focused services, and $59 million into the development of new, or existing, council assets.
A further $1 million of council savings will fund 11 new services, with growth revenue being invested in 10 new projects that will increase safety and liveability for Playford residents.
Mr Docherty said a number of new developments are planned within the area, in addition to further development of major projects that have already been undertaken.
“The budget will see a number of new developments, including a new car park at Argana Park, new female changerooms at Angle Vale and further road and footpath development across the region,” he said.
“We’ll also see our key projects, such as the CBD, sports precinct and health precinct funded, while also committing more to our usual services, such as funding our libraries, food co-ops, parks and gardens work, and our normal maintenance work.”

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