Murray Bridge council plans no property rate increase in draft 2019-20 budget

The riverfront will again be a focus for the Murray Bridge council in 2019-20. Photo: Rural City of Murray Bridge.
The riverfront will again be a focus for the Murray Bridge council in 2019-20. Photo: Rural City of Murray Bridge.

For the second succesive year, there will be no property rate increase in Murray Bridge.

In its draft budget for 2019-20 on Tuesday, the city's council sought to limit the cost burden placed on its residents by including a zero per cent rate rise.

While household rates bills will still increase slightly in line with property values, as determined by the state Valuer-General, Mayor Brenton Lewis said it was a budget of which he and the council were proud.

He congratulated the city's councillors for the work they had put into shaping the document, which was approved without dissent at a meeting on Monday night.

"We've had some good, honest, serious debate," Mr Lewis said.

"You have really worked the numbers over ... there has been a lot of diligence."

The council will spend $1 million on new footpaths and kerbing, and $3.4 million repairing paths, roads and stormwater systems.

About $1.6 million will also be spent on previously announced upgrades at Sturt Reserve, including paths and a new boat ramp.

Monarto, Thiele and Homburg Reserves will get new toilets, playgrounds and/or landscaping, and work will continue on the beautification of Adelaide Road and Swanport Road.

The River Murray Splash festival will return this summer.

Youth centre The Station will get a new sheltered outdoor space, as well as lighting which will highlight the building's architectural featres; while the Lerwin Nursing Home will have solar panels installed.

In total, the council projects it will spend $43.5 million and record a $1.9 million surplus.

Chief executive officer Michael Sedgman said he was confident the programs, projects and services the council planned to provide over the coming year would help the community thrive and become more sustainable.

"There has been considerable effort made to balance the needs of our communities with sustained investment in infrastructure and services," he said.

The council is now taking public feedback on the draft budget, and will amend it as needed before finalising it in June.

  • Have your say: Visit letstalk.murraybridge.sa.gov.au, the council office or Murray Bridge Library before 5pm on June 4; or attend a public meeting at the office at 6pm on June 3.

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