Logan Council budget handed down, rates up 1.49 per cent

RATES will increase by 1.49 per cent or an average $39.71 under Logan City Council's budget brought down this morning.

BUDGET: Logan's $972.9 million budget is the first handed down by interim administrator Tamara O'Shea after the dismissal of former mayor Luke Smith and councillors.

BUDGET: Logan's $972.9 million budget is the first handed down by interim administrator Tamara O'Shea after the dismissal of former mayor Luke Smith and councillors.

The $972.9 million budget is the first handed down by interim administrator Tamara O'Shea after the dismissal of former mayor Luke Smith and councillors following the suspension of nine facing criminal charges.

It includes a significant investment of $166.1 million for water and wastewater infrastructure and $108 million in roads, drainage, foot paths and bridge spending.

Wastewater infrastructure spending includes $26.1 million for stage one of the Cedar Grove Environmental Centre, $25.6 million for the Greenbank to Flagstone Central wastewater conveyance system and $17.5 million for Flagstone Central to Cedar Grove wastewater treatment plant infrastructure.

Logan is set to finish the 2019-2020 year with a wafer thin accumulated surplus on June 30, with the latest forecast revealing it is on track to be $540,000 in the black. An operating surplus of $6.2 million is forecast for the 2019-2020 year.

Council spent only $89,223 of the $157,000 budgeted for international travel in the 2018-19 year.

This was pared back further for 2019-2020 to $38,520 after the dismissal of former mayor Luke Smith and all 12 councillors earlier this year.

Rates relief will flow to seniors with full pensioners to get a $349.20 concession while part pensioners will get a $174.60 remission.

Interim administrator Tamara O'Shea said the budget would set a solid foundation for next year's elected council.

"We have delivered a budget that keeps rates and other costs down as much as possible while ensuring council can expand on the services it delivers well into the future," she said.

"This budget allows us to cater for anticipated growth while maintaining our existing infrastructure base, which includes more than 2200 kilometres of sealed roads, 930 parks and more than 4500 kilometres of combined water and wastewater mains."

There will be $10 million for Meadowbrook and Logan Central to deliver projects which will drive investment and economic growth.

Ms O'Shea said it would help the two key areas boom.

"Meadowbrook's evolution into a health and wellbeing precinct will be boosted with $5 million, with another $5 million set aside to unlock the economic potential of Logan Central," she said.

Logan's west has secured some budget wins with $500,000 to replace the ageing Park Ridge State Emergency Services depot and $300,000 to plan projects and programs for Jimboomba to be informed through community feedback received from the Summit held at Cusack Lane this year. Eats and Beats festival will continue with $50,000 set aside.

More to come.

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