A new Middle Creek Bridge at Sawtell is among the 11 projects hoping to be funded by a special 9.5 per cent rate increase being
A new Middle Creek Bridge at Sawtell is among the 11 projects hoping to be funded by a special 9.5 per cent rate increase being

The good news is the budget is balanced



"AFTER 15 years in Local Government, this is the first time I've seen a balanced bottom line."

This was Coffs Harbour mayor, Cr Keith Rhoades, opening words in speaking to the council ahead of adopting the draft 2006/09 Draft Management Plan.

"Hopefully, through good management, we may see for the first time a surplus that will give us the opportunity to move forward and add works into next year's budget," he said.

The council's general manager, Mr Stephen Sawtell, said the council had recorded a significant reduction in its operating costs over the last two years and continued to identify further efficiency savings.

"This balanced budget is indicative of the success of the council's cost-reduction strategies and also reflects sound financial management at a time when local government is under increased financial pressure," Mr Sawtell said.

"Maintaining the service levels that the community expects, at the same time as providing new facilities the city needs, remains our priority."

A public meeting for the Management Plan will be held at the Coffs Harbour Catholic Club on Wednesday from 7pm.

"AFTER 15 years in Local Government, this is the first time I've seen a balanced bottom line."

This was Coffs Harbour mayor, Cr Keith Rhoades, opening words in speaking to the council ahead of adopting the draft 2006/09 Draft Management Plan.

"Hopefully, through good management, we may see for the first time a surplus that will give us the opportunity to move forward and add works into next year's budget," he said.

The council's general manager, Mr Stephen Sawtell, said the council had recorded a significant reduction in its operating costs over the last two years and continued to identify further efficiency savings.

"This balanced budget is indicative of the success of the council's cost-reduction strategies and also reflects sound financial management at a time when local government is under increased financial pressure," Mr Sawtell said.

"Maintaining the service levels that the community expects, at the same time as providing new facilities the city needs, remains our priority."

A public meeting for the Management Plan will be held at the Coffs Harbour Catholic Club on Wednesday from 7pm.



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