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City Expects Poor mycouncil Ranking

17-05 mycouncil rank City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder CEO John Walker is not expecting any improvement on the City’s ranking when the latest mycouncil results are announced later this month.
The mycouncil website, which was launched by the State Government last year, gives the community access to local government financial performance data for Councils and measures their financial health.
Mr Walker said another low ranking for the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder was expected, given the data used is from the 2015/16 financial year.
“We aren’t expecting to see much, if any, improvement on the rankings which were released last year, as this year’s results are based on our figures from last financial year, which was obviously before any of the significant budget repair work that we are now doing had commenced,” he said.
“Over the past 12 months, the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder has taken drastic steps to guarantee the long term financial sustainability of our organisation, including implementing pay freezes across the organisation.
“We have implemented significant reductions in spending whilst making sure we have delivered on existing projects, and as a result we are expecting a cash surplus of about $2million at the end of the 2016/17 financial year.
“Ultimately, the underlying financial position of the city is sound and I am confident that when the rankings are released next year for the 2016/17 financial year, we will see this reflected with a significant improvement in the City’s financial health.”