Investment a focus in the City’s budget for the times

Published on Tuesday, 9 August 2022 at 5:07:42 PM

Over $74M will be invested into the Kalgoorlie-Boulder community as part of the 2022/23 budget, which was adopted at a special council meeting on Thursday 4 August.

The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s budget includes:

  • $73.3M on key construction projects, enhancing public spaces, improvements to critical infrastructure, and $16.7M towards roads renewals and upgrades
  • $1.3M to support community contributions as part of the City’s Annual Grants Scheme, sponsorships, activities, and events

Supported by a 5% rate increase, this is only the second time in the past five years that Council has resolved to have an increase. Planning for a responsible budget has meant this year’s increase remains below the current inflation rate (6.1% CPI, June 2022).

Mayor John Bowler said Council maintained a responsible and conservative approach, which is considerate of ratepayers and the current cost of living while still ensuring the City can deliver necessary services and invest for the future.

“This is a budget for the times. It provides significant investment into our community, particularly focusing on priority areas for ratepayers such as roads, lighting, recreation, and community services for youth and seniors,” Mayor Bowler said.

“We will support future development in the City, maintain high-quality services, and respond to community needs.”

“We’re embarking on some of the largest projects that the City has delivered in my time as Mayor, including the Kal City Centre Project, the Kalgoorlie Golf Course Resort, and the development of a Youth Precinct in Kingsbury Park.”

“The City will continue to engage with our community, delivering on key projects in this financial year, which will improve the liveability of our City and support future growth,” he said.

As part of the 2022/23 budget, the City has planned for additional expenditure to cover increasing costs of materials and contractors, as well as staff shortages.

Rates notices also include the Emergency Services Levy, collected by Local Governments and paid to the State Government to assist with rescue services, bush fire emergencies, and the State Emergency Services.

To assist ratepayers, the City provides rate concessions and exceptions, including rebates for pensioners and seniors. Payment plan arrangements are also available.

Ratepayers can go in the draw to win a share of $10K by paying their rates on time or win a $500 gift card for signing up to receive their rates notice via email.

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