3.5 pc rate rise for Tumby district

STORMWATER: Mick Oster and Dylan Giles at the Lipson Road stormwater works.
STORMWATER: Mick Oster and Dylan Giles at the Lipson Road stormwater works.

Ratepayers in the Tumby Bay District Council area will pay an average 3.5 per cent more for their rates next financial year if the council's draft 2019/2020 budget is passed.

The council's chief executive officer Trevor Smith said the 3.5 per cent average increase would apply to all existing rates, excluding any new rates over the last 12 months.

"That figure is exactly as forecast when the Long Term Financial Plan (LTFP) was first adopted in 2014-15, and council have been very disciplined in not varying from the rate increases forecast at that time."

The budget includes a number of major capital works projects, including the rollover of Tumby Bay's stormwater management upgrade with more than $2 million allocated to its completion this year.

Grant funding of $1 million has also been committed to the upgrade of Bratten Bridge to open it for road trains, $139,000 will be allocated to three new utility vehicles and a mower for the council, and $1.1 million is allocated to the re-sheeting and re-sealing of roads.

Two new tourism signs for the highway have also been included in the budget with $7000 going toward their purchase and installation.

A $76,700 allocation for the Pillawarta radio tower has also rolled over into this year's budget after it was first introduced in 2017-18, however is not high priority for the council.

A community information session will be held at the Port Neill War Memorial Hall on Wednesday, June 26 at 7pm.

Submissions on the Draft Annual Business Plan can be posted to PO Box 61 Tumby Bay or emailed to dctumby@tumbybay.sa.gov.au before close of business on June 28.