GLENELG Shire councillors confirmed a rate increase of 4.02 per cent on Tuesday night when they adopted the 2012/13 budget without any amendments.
The budget represents rate raising of $20.9 million from ratepayers — an increase of $797,000 from the previous financial year.
The budget includes a $19 million capital works program made possible by $9.8 million in grants from state and federal governments, a $1.3 million increase from last year.
Cr Karen Stephens said the capital works program’s $6.5 million for road works, $1.7 million for the Casterton child-care centre and $1.2 million for a lighting efficiency program and $3 million for the ongoing Portland Bay Foreshore Projects which includes a new 70-berth marina, where the major highlights of the budget with minimal impact on ratepayers.
Acting Mayor Bruce Cross said the 4.02 per cent rate increase was the second lowest increase among local governments in the state.
The annual service charge for garbage collection will increase 7.6 per cent to $197.
Read more in Friday’s edition of the Portland Observer.