Council adopts 2015 budget

SNOWY River Shire Council has adopted the Integrated Planning & Reporting (IPR) documents that outline the delivery of services for the next four years.

The four year Delivery Program 2014 - 2017 and the 2015 Operational Plan which includes the 2015 Budget are just two of the suite of IPR documents that were adopted at the June Council meeting and will be implemented from July 1 2014.

"The process by which Council undertakes our corporate planning has continued to evolve and improve throughout the implementation of the Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework. Due to our size and limited resources Council has adopted a phased approach to ensure that the structure of these processes are manageable and can be achieved, ensuring the long term sustainability of Council,"general manager Joseph Vescio said.

As part of the IPR development process Council developed a four year budget and accompanying one year operational actions. In addition to this, a 2.5 per cent per year reduction to budgets was also applied for the next four years. This process included a review of current service levels, streamlining work plans and providing recommendations to Council on the areas and services that are priorities of Council.

Priorities are reflected in the actions that Council is committed to delivering over the next 12 months, however council has reduced some services across the organisation, such as Community Development (i.e. Arts, Community Events and Youth Services) and Governance (i.e. Public Relations and Communications).

"While Council understands the decision to reduce some services will not be popular within the community, they have been made to programs where the service is not seen as Councils core business. Whilst these programs have been undertaken by Council successfully in the past, they can no longer be sustained at the same level moving forward," Mr Vescio said.

The adopted IPR suite of documents can be viewed on Councils website or at one of Councils offices.

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