Hilltops Council releases first budget

Plan: Council’s Integrated Planning and Reporting documents will be on public exhibition until Thursday, June 21, at 12 pm. Photo: Craig Thomson.
Plan: Council’s Integrated Planning and Reporting documents will be on public exhibition until Thursday, June 21, at 12 pm. Photo: Craig Thomson.

Hilltops Council have released their first budget since being elected in September 2017. 

Hilltops Mayor, Councillor Brian Ingram said the new budget has a strong focus on delivering stronger country communities, grant projects and asset renewal with water and roads being key priorities as indicated by the community. 

He said Council will use loans to fund new infrastructure and spread the cost for ratepayers now and in the future. 

“The budget reflects Council’s long-term goal of financial sustainability and the delivery of quality services, infrastructure and outcomes for the community,” Cr Ingram said. 

“The budget forms part of Council’s Operational Plan and Delivery Program which incorporates a Long Term Financial Plan, Workforce Management Strategy, Asset Management Strategy and Revenue Policy which includes fees and charges for the coming financial year.”

The plan outlines the programs and projects Council will undertake to fulfil their obligations to the community and deliver the vision of the Community Strategic Plan together with the funding sources and expenditure for the financial year. 

“These documents are Council’s response to the Community Strategic Plan and are our promise to the community on what we will deliver within our term,” Cr Ingram said.

“It is an exciting time for Hilltops Council moving forward as one consolidated organisation, we have worked hard putting the budget together and encourage the community to view the documents and look forward to receiving their feedback.”

Council’s Integrated Planning and Reporting documents will be on public exhibition until Thursday, June 21 at 12pm. 

Community members can access these documents on Council’s website and Offices in Boorowa, Harden and Young as well as the libraries in each town.

Please send your feedback on these documents via email to mail@hilltops.nsw.gov.au or by post to Hilltops Council, Locked Bag 5 Young NSW 2594 prior to the close of exhibition.

Documents are also available here https://bit.ly/2H7C0ED