Claremont Council has ratified its 2020-21 financial budget, ensuring that the overwhelming majority of the Town’s ratepayers see a reduction or freeze in their rates.
The budget prioritises low rates and high capital infrastructure investment at a challenging time for ratepayers and businesses alike.
As well as delivering a significant decrease in the total rates yield, the budget helps stimulate the economy with $8million of capital works programs, all while maintaining the same high-quality services Claremont ratepayers are used to.
Mayor Jock Barker said Council is proud to be able to support ratepayers to such an extent at an uncertain time.
“This has undoubtedly been one of our most challenging budgets yet, with an ever-changing set of considerations and instructions for the Town’s administration staff to action,” Mayor Barker said.
“We are all proud of what we’ve been able to secure for our ratepayers for the year ahead, and I particularly look forward to seeing our investments in infrastructure as they roll out over the next twelve months.”
The budget includes a new community facility at the Freshwater Bay Museum and the redevelopment of McKenzie Pavilion, as well as the Town’s largest ever investment in footpath replacement, budgeted at $850,000.
Other infrastructure spending includes significant road resurfacing, drainage works, parks maintenance, and a wide range of other projects.
The Town is also providing a fully-funded town centre business support program, funding SHINE Community Services to provide care and support for elderly and disabled residents, and engaging and supporting the community through community development, activations, and grants.