THIS has been the most difficult budget that Somerset Regional Council has delivered in its history.
Somerset Regional Council Mayor Graeme Lehmann said, “Councillors have been guided by the need to keep Somerset moving economically.”
“Our 2021 budget incorporates more than $30 million in capital expenditure.
“To put this into context, our entire annual rate revenue is just $23 million.
“Our financial strength lets us make these vital investments - in our present and for our future.
“We can afford to do this in the short term.
“We are grateful to the Australian and Queensland Governments for their recent generous funding announcements and look forward to additional support in the future.
“We can return to better times by building infrastructure that our community needs.
“We have settled on a 1% rate rise for owner occupiers, farms and light commercial.
Like the budgets of other governments at present, this is a deficit budget.
But it is the right budget for 2020.
“Along with my fellow Councillors Helen Brieschke, Sean Choat, Cheryl Gaedtke, Kylee Isidro, Jason Wendt and Bob Whalley, I am proud to deliver this budget for the betterment of Somerset, both now and in the future.”
Mayor, Somerset Regional Council
(Left to right) Cr Helen Brieschke, Cr Bob Whalley, Mayor Graeme Lehmann, Cr Jason Wendt, Cr Kylee Isidro, Cr Sean Choat, Cr Cheryl Gaedtke.