Budget shapes Sunshine Coast’s visionary future
Sunshine Coast Council, one of Queensland’s most financially-sound local governments, has delivered a budget which will continue to grow the local economy and create better paying jobs, protect the region’s environment and lifestyle and fund game-changing projects to benefit generations to come.
The council has dropped some waste charges to help the environment and will refund more than $2 million in carbon tax charges to the majority of ratepayers in the form of a $17 carbon tax rebate.
This results in the majority of ratepayers seeing an increase of just $1.65 on their July rate notice compared to the same period last year.
The bottom line rate increase for the majority of ratepayers will be 1.5% – $20.30 over the 12 months after discount or 39 cents a week.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said the $588 million 2015-16 budget balanced delivering its important core responsibilities with implementing a visionary direction to shape the region’s future and includes a $183 million capital works program.
“This is a budget that has the community of today and tomorrow at its very heart,” Mayor Jamieson said.