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A range of Council services are funded by rates - from water and roads to sports, recreation and playgrounds.

The City of Salisbury’s 2016-17 Rates Brochure, offers a snapshot of Council's 2016/17 Annual Plan which is continuing to place Council in a sustainable financial position while meeting ongoing community needs.

The 2016/17 Annual Plan includes the first allocation of funds towards Council’s proposed investment into revitalising the Salisbury City Centre through the establishment of a Community Hub. This is a once in a generation opportunity to revitalise our City Centre while also modernising and improving the way Council operates.

We believe the Community Hub has the potential to free up Council-owned sites within the City Centre for alternate development or uses and attract significant private and government investment. We have factored in the cost of the proposed Community Hub into our Long Term Financial Plan without any impact on proposed rate increase.

Our debt levels remain low, and financially Council is in good shape, meaning that the community’s assets can be appropriately maintained.

Importantly, more than $38 million will be spent on capital works projects and $16 million will go towards renewing community assets to ensure they continue to perform the functions that they were built for and meet the needs of the community, including:

  • Road reseal and reconstruction $8.6 million
  • Building renewal $2 million
  • Street trees and screens $1.3 million
  • Underdown Park upgrade $0.7 million
  • PlaySpace / Playground Program $0.6 million

This year’s budget continues to build upon the work Council has recently undertaken to increase and improve the provision of open space, and looks to create a greener, healthier and appealing community through projects such as the Bridgestone Park and Underdown Park redevelopments, as we work towards creating our vision of ‘Salisbury - A flourishing City with opportunity for all’.


Council Rates and Services Fact Sheets

The Local Government Association (LGA) has produced four fact sheets about council rates and services, available as PDFs for download below.

Council Services PDF - Outlines a range of services which are funded by council rates

Funding Council Services PDF - Outlines the constraints and challenges in funding for councils along with some information about how services have expanded in range, quality and standards met in recent years

About Council Rates PDF - Explains the rating system

Valuations PDF - Explains property valuations

For more information visit the Council Rates information section of the LGA (Local Government Association of South Australia) website.

More information about rates