An historically low rate rise and major community infrastructure investments are at the centre of the Council’s 2021-2022 Budget.
It details a strategic plan and investment to meet our population growth, provide support for those hit hard by COVID-19 and to return the budget to surplus in 2022-2023.
The Budget freezes many fees and charges at pre-pandemic levels and allocates a record $209 million this year to deliver the region’s largest ever capital works program.
It commits $728 million over four years in investment for community facilities such as shared trails, aquatic and sporting facilities, community centres and public open space.
The Budget has been adopted by the Council alongside Our Community
Plan 2021-25, which sets strategic priorities for the next four years.
Together, the documents provide strategic direction and identify how community-focused
projects will be funded during this Council term.
Despite the challenging financial environment, the Proposed Budget contains an average rate rise of 1.5 percent, which is the lowest in the City's history.