Council adopts budget for 2018/19

PLAYFORD Council has officially adopted its annual business plan and budget for the 2018/19 financial year, with ratepayers expected to see a three per cent increase to their rates.

At last Tuesday’s meeting of elected members, the budget was officially adopted following a 21-day period of public consultation.

The budget includes a three per cent rate increase, with nearly one per cent of that increase being made up by State Government-imposed fees.

The increase equates to an additional $30 per year for ratepayers based on an average capital value of a $242,000 home in Playford.

As part of the 2018/19 budget, council will provide a total of 19 kilometres of footpaths and four kilometres of kerbing, while a further 40 kilometres of sealed roads will be delivered.

Major infrastructure upgrades to the Virginia main street and the new Grenville Centre in Elizabeth has also been included.

Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty said, with population levels expected to grow rapidly in Playford, these infrastructure demands are vital.

“Our population is expected to increase to more than 130,000 residents by 2036, so we need to ensure we have the infrastructure in place and the services to support our community now and into the future,” he said.

Funds have been made available through a reduction of spending in council’s operating budget, with 16 new and enhanced services to be rolled out, as part of council’s continuous improvement program, this financial year.

Around $240,000 will be spent installing disability pads to improve accessibility at around 60 bus stops, while the clubrooms at Kalara Reserve in Davoren Park will receive a complete makeover.

Mr Docherty said council was appreciative of the feedback received from the public during the consultation period, and is looking forward to delivering for the community.

Tom Staggard

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Born and raised in Adelaide's northern suburbs, Tom attended Tyndale Christian School in Salisbury East before studying journalism at the University of South Australia. Tom joined The Bunyip in June 2017 after previously working in the Adelaide Hills for The Courier newspaper in Mount Barker and the Weekender Herald in Crafers. As part of his role, Tom will cover the Adelaide Plains and Playford council regions. Away from work, he is a massive sports fan and loves all things football, cricket, basketball and soccer.

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