The draft Orange City Council budget delivers a $1.9 million surplus, increases funding for footpaths, provides more than $100,000 to community events, facilities and charities and includes more than $40 million in capital works.
 
At a meeting last night council voted unanimously to exhibit the draft 2017/18 Community Strategic Plan and Delivery/Operational Plan.
 
Orange Deputy Mayor Jason Hamling said the draft budget continues to inject more funds into the roads.
 
“We have been doing more work in roads in recent years and have brought forward a number of projects into 2017/18 including Escort Way, Cargo Road and Leeds Parade,” the Deputy Mayor said.
 
Cr Hamling said staff and Councillors had been working on the draft budget for a number of months and now it was the community’s chance to have its say.
 
“The Councillors listen to the community when setting priorities so I would urge Orange residents to speak up. There are always more demands than dollars but where ever possible we look to deliver,” he said.
 
The capital projects in the 17/18 year include:  • Central Tablelands Water/Cabonne Council and Orange City Council pipelines project• Scout camp development• Max Stewart Oval lights • Cricket Centre of excellence • Southern Feeder road• Euchareena Road Waste Facility expansion • CBD Water mains realignment • New cycleways • Former hospital demolition
 
Some of the capital works projects will rely on other government funding to proceed.
 
The Delivery/Operational Plan includes a1.5 per cent rate pegging increase, which is set by the NSW Government. Together with water, sewer and waste charges, this proposed increase would add around $40 a year to the average residential rate notice taking it to $2282.   Cr Hamling said progressive Councils cover more than roads, rates and rubbish. 
 
“That is very true of Orange City Council. You cannot live or work in this city without being affected by the activities of the Council. The Community Strategic Plan and the Delivery/Operational Plan guide those activities,” he said.
 
The plans can be found at www.orange.nsw.gov.au. Submissions close on 6 June. Community comment and submissions will be considered before the plans are adopted in June.