The Mayor is promising it will be “back to basics” when the Gold Coast budget is handed down this morning.
The $1.83bn council budget will have a focus on “roads, rates and rubbish”, with frontline services also set to benefit.
A record $200 million has been put aside for upgrades to our roads and footpaths, however, there won’t be spending for any major projects at this stage.
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It’s understood Council is waiting to find out if Queensland will host the 2032 Olympics before committing to anything.
Recycling and waste collection will also receive a boost, however, the city’s peak tourism body Destination Gold Coast appears to have missed out again.
There will be no extra funding going towards tourism and events, but the Mayor has indicated money could be found mid-year if the borders reopen.
Tom Tate has also promised rates will only increase equivalent to CPI after an effective freeze last year.
“Last year, we provided a rates freeze given the challenges of Covid. Apart from the freeze, we also provided a $64 rebate to around 138,000 ratepayers,” the Mayor said.
“This cost our bottom line around $9 million but I know it helped thousands of ratepayers.
“Overall, our support package last financial year totalled $26.9 million. Councillors are proud of that initiative and we now return to a more stable rates environment”.
The Mayor said the ability to achieve another low rate increase for 2021-22 is a testament to the effort of the whole council.
“Since 2012, we have set a low rates trend that has seen any rate increase at, or near, CPI,’” he said.
“This budget will be the 10th under my mayoralty and I’m confident the final rate increase will align with the trend we set in 2012.”
There are reports the rate increase will be around 2.5 per cent.
“What that gives households is that they can budget for this year and the next year that council rates should be around CPI and that’s a tremendous thing,” Mayor Tate said.
Council’s budget will be handed down this morning at City Council.