THE extra revenue from Southern Grampians Shire’s proposed rise in rates and charges will be almost entirely swallowed by rising employee costs.
The shire’s draft budget documents show that 98.8 per cent of the $928,000 that will be raised through the 6.5 per cent rate rise and charges will go towards rising costs from wages, salaries, allowances, leave and superannuation.
Employee costs will make up for more than 37.5 per cent of next financial year’s $37.7 million in expenses, with 35 per cent to go towards materials and services.
Shire chief executive, Richard Perry said the draft budget had been balanced between the demand for services and infrastructure and the community’s capacity to pay.
“It is anticipated that council’s operations will continue to be impacted by wages growth and external funding levels,” he said.
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