Bathurst Council to cut back on spending in next budget

Bathurst Council to cut back on spending in next budget

Bathurst Regional Council will be increasing rates and cutting back on spending in the upcoming 2013-2014 budget.

The proposed changes include a hefty 9.7 per cent increase in water rates and a general purpose rate increase of 3.4 per cent – the biggest increase allowed under limits imposed by the New South Wales government.

In cuts to spending, ten vacant positions will be scrapped and a further ten positions will go, road enhancement work will be scaled back, and a program to provide underground electricity to the central business district will be axed.

City Treasurer Bob Roach says the budget has been prepared under tight financial circumstances, and projects which have no corresponding revenue have continued to place extra pressures on the budget.

The changes will be approved at an ordinary meeting tomorrow night.

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