Over the next 3 months council will be working on the budget for 2016/17. This is complex balancing act to:
Do lots of good things in our area but keep the rates to an acceptable level - as an indication, we have about $40 million worth of capital works we'd like to do - one day, but can only afford to do a fifth of them.
Do things things we have to do - such as replacing a stormwater pipe that will fail soon - versus doing something that ratepayers would like to happen - such as sealing a gravel road.
Keep an acceptable balance between the basic function of council - Roads, Rates, Rubbish and community functions such as Halls, Parks and Pools.
I will be spending a lots of time over the next few months with council staff and other councillors in fine tuning the budget to try and come up with an acceptable budget. Not everyone will be happy but hopefully the majority will be smiling.