Deficit looms large as backlog continues to bite

COUNCIL will post an operating deficit of more than $3 million in the next financial year as it continues to struggle with a significant backlog of works.

Council's upgrade program for roads and bridges will be impacted by its poor economic position.

Council's upgrade program for roads and bridges will be impacted by its poor economic position.

Council has also included a list of unfunded projects and activities in the budget totalling $1.8 million.

The activities have been identified as priority areas for council. 

The projects have been included in the service provider’s delivery program  but are not able to be pursued by council in its current financial position.

The list includes more than $870,000 worth of works on sealed roads, $340,000 worth of work on bridges and causeways, $160,000 worth of works on community facilities and savings of $172,000 on governance and administration. 

While depreciation and renewal of assets continues to pose major problems for council, the service provider will post a cash surplus of $133,000 in 2014-15.

Council revenue for the 2014-15 financial year will be $18.8 million with forecast expenditure of $18.66 million.

General manager Danny Green said council had budgeted to achieve a neutral cash flow for the year.

New capital projects totalling $1.7 million will include seal extensions on local roads to the value of $670,000 and significant development works at the waste transfer facility costing $492,000.

An additional $2.6 million will be spent on maintenance and renewal of council owned assets in the coming financial year.

They include the restoration of Jacks Rd Bridge to 15-tonne carrying capacity and repairs to the retaining wall in Memorial Park ahead of the Anzac centenary.

The majority of funds for the capital works will come from federal and State government grants totalling $2.8 million.

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