Shire of Collie approves Draft Budget for 2019/2020 financial year

The Shire of Collie council has formally approved a 1.55 per cent rates increase for 2019/2020 - the smallest rise in several years.

Last year saw council approve a 2.482 per cent rate increase for the 2018/19 financial year, while it agreed to a 4.26 per cent increase for 2015/16 and a 3.86 increase for 2017/18.

Voting in favour of the 1.55 per cent increase, shire president Sarah Stanley said she was pleased with the outcome.

"Council spent a fair bit of time deliberating on the various aspects of this year's budget," she said.

"We wanted to keep the increase as low as possible, whilst continuing to work towards our targets.

"We intend to stage some projects over the next few years, rather than doing them all within the next 12 months."

Following an in-depth discussion over several hours, council formally approved the Draft Budget for this financial year.

This year's Budget has taken items for consideration, infrastructure, fees and charges, requests from external parties, and the shire's operational requirements into consideration.

Prior to the July 9 meeting, elected members attended a Budget workshop with the Council Finance Team.

Among several projects and initiatives, council approved plans to place bicycle racks in different areas around town.

The shire will assist the Collie-Cardiff RSL with refurbishing the Soldiers Park War Memorial plaques.

Shade sails will be installed at the Buckingham Way play area, while the Karak Trail will be extended to connect with the existing footpath network.

A Discover Collie tent will be set up at this year's Perth Royal Show.

The shire will also continue with its many upgrades and maintenance services.

Ms Stanley said the council strived to support the community and provide a brighter future for Collie.

"Council is working towards making Collie a really beautiful place," she said.

"Our budget focuses heavily on operational requirements, and we always try to find efficiencies in those areas.

"We are also currently looking at our long-term economic development.

"We're committed to keeping an efficient budget, whilst achieving major community initiatives."