THE City of Swan last week adopted its 2016-17 budget, with an average rate increase of 3.25 per cent.
Mayor Mick Wainwright said he was confident the budget delivered on projects and services important to the community while being mindful of current economic fluctuations.
“Our rapid population growth, the diversity of our residents and the slowing economic climate present great challenges when setting a budget,” he said.
“The City has focused on diversifying its income streams, but rates remain an important part of the City’s annual budget.
“This revenue ensures that we can deliver services and infrastructure to the community, including the building and maintenance of facilities such as libraries and sporting facilities in our rapidly growing suburbs, while also looking after established suburbs through projects such as road upgrades and refurbishment of existing facilities.”
New and upgraded facilities were required.
“We have budgeted $104.4 million for capital works projects in 2016-17,” Cr Wainwright said. “This includes a $7 million investment in the Pickett Park Community centre and almost $4 million for a community centre in Caversham.”