The community’s long-term plan is on public exhibition for feedback until 25th June. Forbes Shire Council adopted the Forbes Shire Our Community Strategic Plan 2017- 2027 at its May meeting, and the support- ing Draft 2017-18 Operational Plan was endorsed for public exhibition at an extraor- dinary meeting.
The Operational Plan also incorporates a Statement of Revenue Policy outlin- ing Council’s financial information includ- ing a summary of the 2017/18 budget, the 2017/18 detailed capital budget and the 2017/18 Schedule of Fees and Charges to be implemented from 1st July. The plan outlines the programs and projects Council will undertake both operational and capital together with the funding sources and expenditure for the financial year.
General Manager Danny Green said: “This is your chance to have your say on Council’s planning and process for operationally achieving the targets and strategies as identified in the long-term plan.”
In 2017/18 the budget for capital works across its general, and water and sewer operations is $14.9 million. “This includes $3.8 million on roads, $1.6 million on water, $2.2 million on sewer and $1 million on recreational and community facilities, funded through grants and reserves,” Danny said. “The budget also includes a total rate in- crease of 1.5%, however individual charges will reflect the latest land valuations.” “Overall operational expenditure has been maintained below $28 million.”
In the 2017/18 Fees and Charges Schedule, Danny said most fees and charges have been increased by CPI although Council is moving to full service recovery where pos- sible. Please send your comments via email to email@example.com or by post to Forbes Shire Council, 2 Court Street, Forbes NSW 2871. For more information contact Community Development Manager Nina Hooper on 6850 2358.