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Redland City Council’s 2019-20 budget is balanced, affordable and supports livability in Redlands Coast.

The budget delivers a small projected operational surplus while keeping the average rates and charges increase to 2.66 percent – or about 62 cents a week - for a typical category 1a, owner-occupied household, excluding utilities and State Government charges.

It also delivers a $58.4 million capital works program targeted at growing and sustaining community infrastructure vital to the Redlands Coast’s future, especially roads and parks.

Council is also investing in intergenerational projects including the purchase of Commonwealth land at Birkdale.

The budget offsets external cost pressures and the effects of a State Government land revaluation.

Council is also in the enviable position of having no net debt.

The 2019-20 budget at a glance:

  • A typical Redlands resident owner-occupied household (category 1a with a property value of about $266,122) will see a 2.66 percent increase on Council rates and charges, excluding utilities and the State Government bulk water charge.
  • A small projected operating surplus, effectively a “balanced budget’’.
  • Capital expenditure of $58.4 million.
  • The State Government’s bulk water charge, over which Council has no control, increases another 6.8 percent this year to almost $40 million.
  • Council’s retail water costs up by about 2 percent, the first increase since 2015.
  • Commercial rate increase for the main category covering small business limited to
    2.6 percent (excluding separate charges, utility charges and State Government charges).
  • New borrowings for intergenerational capital works of $9.8 million – maintaining Council’s no net debt position.
  • Total pensioner rebates rises to more than $3 million, with $335 a year for a full pensioner or $167.50 for a part-pensioner.
  • $8.7 million will be invested in protecting community-owned land and potentially buying other strategic land that benefits the community and local environment.

Capital expenditure program at a glance:

  • $21 million for roads projects.
  • $6.8 million for infrastructure projects, including footpaths, cycle paths, continued expansion of the Redlands IndigiScapes Centre and bus shelter and seat renewals.
  • $6.4 million for marine and foreshore projects, including canal and breakwater works.
  • $4.8 million for water, waste and wastewater projects.
  • Almost $9.5 million to go towards renewing playgrounds, parks and sports fields.
  • $1.5 million for community and cultural development.

Budget 2018-2019 documents

Download previous Budget publications

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