Annual Plan 2021/22 and budget was adopted by Council Monday 28 June 2021. The budget delivers an operating surplus to ensure our financial position is sustainable and equitable between generations of ratepayers and builds capacity for the future.
The 2021/22 budget delivers an operating surplus of $1.684M; gross infrastructure investment of $82.9M (including $20.4M of asset renewal) and a net cost of $66.7M including grants; moderate and sustainable levels of debt, with net financial liabilities of $85M or 78% of total operating revenue; and a moderate average rate increase of 2.8%.
The Annual Plan details Council’s services, including new services and projects, together with financial impacts. The purpose is to provide thorough information so that the community can consider the budget and how it aligns to the City Plan 2035. The Executive Summary provides a snapshot of the Annual Plan, and provides guidance as to where more information is available.
Annual Plan 2021/22
The Annual Plan is based on an average 2.8% rate increase. In setting this increase Council considered the increased service levels it will deliver across a range of council services, its City Plan 2035, and other strategic planning documents including Asset Management Plans and the Long Term Financial Plan. Further information about rates is contained in the Rating Strategy and Policy on pages 120 to 123.
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This year, Council will make an Operating Surplus of $1.684M or 1.3 per cent Operating Surplus Ratio. Further information is in the Budgeted Financial Statements and Analysis on pages 43 to 46.
Being financially sustainable means having:
- The ability to have consistent services into the future
- Infrastructure, like roads, continuing to be maintained at an appropriate level
- Current ratepayers pay the costs associated with the services consumed
- New infrastructure provided to meet community expectations, balanced against increases in costs
We measure financial sustainability through 3 indicators. The Long Term Financial Plan (pages 14 to 17) shows that Council is budgeting and planning to be sustainable over the coming 10 year period.
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A program to identify and implement ongoing operational savings, the Operating Surplus Initiative (OSI), commenced in 2020/21 to offset the loss of revenue from the zero rate increase. Included in the 2021/22 budget is the delivery of $2.7M of OSI savings. OSI savings are offset by $1.6M of additional costs in the 2021/22 budget, resulting from decisions to enhance service delivery in a number of areas as well as other initiatives as outlined throughout the Annual Plan . More information about Council’s services are in the Key Direction sections of the document, starting on page 52.
Projects and Additional Services
All of Council’s projects and additional services (Budget Bids) are detailed in the Annual Plan by category of spending, and can be found on pages 20 to 38.
Funds of $20.4M are provided for asset updates / renewal in line with our Asset Management Plans, with significant items being:
- Road reseal and reconstruction $9.8M
- Buildings (civic buildings, community and sporting club buildings) $1.7M
- Bridge Program $1.6M
- Playspace Program $1.1M
- Watercourse Management Works $0.5M
In 2021/22 Council continues the work accelerated through its COVID-19 Infrastructure Recovery Program, at the same time increasing service delivery in a number of areas and investing in community assets for the future.
The 2021/22 Annual Plan incorporates the exciting redevelopment of the Salisbury Recreation Precinct, which includes the renewal of the existing pool and construction of an indoor warm water hydrotherapy, lap and leisure pool, gymnasium, water play park and cafeteria. This is a $15.5M project with $7.2M funding provided by State Government.
Council continues its major focus on the development of community facilities through the creation of the Burton Community Hub, The Paddocks recreation and open space precinct and Yalumba Drive Reserve at Paralowie.
Council’s Streetscape Program will deliver a more holistic transformation of the community’s streetscape amenity. Continuing investment in the City Wide Trails Program in 2021/22 will increase the City’s network of trails through the development of a trail from Dry Creek Pooraka towards Bridge and Briens Roads. Increased service levels will be delivered through the expansion of the verge maintenance program, an increased green waste service level and monitoring and maintenance of (Council managed) high risk trees.
The John Street and Church Street Revitalisation will upgrade and refresh these important City Centre locations. New for 2021/22 is the Technology Drive Mawson Lakes Upgrade, the aim of which is to improve traffic flows into and out of this business precinct.
To discover more about the future plans and initiatives of the City of Salisbury please download the annual plan.