The contrary views on the recent Redlands City Council’s $259 million budget and the rates increase make compelling viewing.
The move to social media platforms is an interesting trend given today sees the launch of the new Redlands City Bulletin. The demise of the Bayside Bulletin and the Redlands Times is possible another sign that how people “get” their news is moving away from traditional media.
The views of Redlands2030 about the the 2014-5 Council budget were expressed in Redlands Budget is full of holes . The Redlands City Chamber of Commerce expressed disappointment too, given the 15% increase in commercial rates.
There are many views on the budget in the community and it is certainly interesting to see and hear these contrary views, here we have compiled a “one stop shop” for the community to gauge how “we are travelling”.
Council has outlined highlights of the City’s Budget as including:
- A headline rates increase of just 3.48 per cent
- $2.7 million in rates rebates for pensioners, with a full pension discount of $330.
- Capital program $61.9 million
- A net predicted surplus of $10.16 million, including operating and capital revenue.
- An operating deficit at the end of the 2013-14 financial year of about $2 million
- Average water rates increase to 3.3 per cent
Alternate views about the City’s budget, start with the Mayor William’s on line explanation…
Cr Ogilvie’s response covers there key areas:
First, his response to the Council claiming to have kept rates at CPI, he explains the realites of the rates increase…
Second, he then explains how Council has some real difficulties with its capital program and has the wrong priorities
Finally, he discusses his concern that Council is set to post a deficit next financial year and has increase in net debt. What’s more it gets worse in outer years if anticipated efficiency targets aren’t met!
Cr Wendy Bolgary shares her concerns, with constituents, about future financial sustainability of current strategy and gives one of her reasons for voting against the 2014/15 Budget. Her reason being the unacceptable forecasted $11 m deficit which was previously projected to be a $2m surplus.
What can you do!