Cr Helen Brieschke, Cr Michael (Otis) Ogg, Cr Sean Choat, Cr Dan Hall, Mayor Graeme Lehmann, Cr Bob Whalley and Cheryl Gaedtke were sworn in at the Post-Election Meeting on Wednesday, 13 April.
Cr Helen Brieschke, Cr Michael (Otis) Ogg, Cr Sean Choat, Cr Dan Hall, Mayor Graeme Lehmann, Cr Bob Whalley and Cheryl Gaedtke were sworn in at the Post-Election Meeting on Wednesday, 13 April. Inga Williams

Somerset Council has adopted new budget

SOMERSET Regional Council has adopted their budget this morning, containing their general rate increase for 96% of ratepayers to 2.5%.

“Council’s financial discipline over many years means that we are in the position of being able to match dollar-for-dollar grants when applying for financial assistance and when appropriate,” Mayor Graeme Lehmann said.

“We are proud of our strong and debt-free financial position and we will continue to work hard to maintain this position.”

The Somerset Regional Council has delivered a $44.5 million budget and will invest $7.8 million in renewing its timber bridges.

Somerset Council will continue to mitigate the effects of future natural disasters by improving communications technology, making community assets more resilient to future floods and storms and providing $700,000 in ongoing support for rural fire brigades and the State Emergency Service.

For further coverage of the Somerset Council budget, see edition of the Gatton Star.


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