The pressure of sharply rising costs of living has been the driver behind a responsible 2023/24 Logan City Council Budget focused on value for money and maintaining levels of service to meet community expectations.
Mayor Darren Power delivered the fourth and final budget of the current Council term, saying elected members had consistently strived for good fiscal management while positioning the city for long-term success.
“With a billion-dollar budget, Council delivers a vital and diverse range of services and programs to the community each year,” Councillor Power said.
“Since 2020, we have delivered four budgets that represent responsible decision making in extremely challenging economic times.
“Each year we have faced our growing community’s emerging needs and changing expectations, and 2023/24 is no exception.”
Cr Power said some of Council’s core costs, such as construction materials, had risen by as much as 30 per cent, while electricity and fuel prices were also putting pressure on the bottom line.
“A lot of these soaring costs are out of Council’s control, but as Councillors, we were proactive in looking strategically at how the organisation operates and spends ratepayers’ funds over the next year,” he said.
“We were also determined and committed to improving efficiencies without impacting service delivery.
“Despite the challenges, the budget we are presenting today balances the books in a rising-inflation environment while also ensuring future sustainability.”
Council’s 2023/24 $1.089 billion Budget incorporates a bottom-line rates and charges increase of $2.28 a week, or 4.09% for those on the minimum general rate, which is well below the Brisbane CPI of 7.4% (March quarter).
Some rating categories have been refined to ensure a fairer and more equitable method for assessing rates.
This includes new or refined categories for some single-titled unit blocks, commercial and office spaces, drive-in shops and car parks and industrial land uses.
A new volunteer fire brigade separate charge of $1.64 annually on all rates notices will support the vital citywide work undertaken by the city’s seven rural fire brigades.
Council also continues to use a three-year average of land valuations to minimise the any impacts of new data released by the Queensland Government’s State Valuation Service earlier this year.
The budget delivers new and improved infrastructure across the City of Logan, including $159 million for water and sewerage services (as part of an overall budget of $379.5 million), $121 million for roads and drainage upgrades (as part of an overall budget of $265.2 million) and $13.4 million for parks capital works (as part of an overall budget of $63 million).
There is also ongoing investment in grassroots sport and community infrastructure to help keep local neighbourhoods connected.