2019/20 Budget - Reforms and removing red tape save ratepayers $38 million

Date published: 25 June 2019

Townsville City Council has saved $38 million in operational expenditure over four financial years.

The 2019/20 Budget details the amount saved through reforms and cutting red tape included in the Transformation of Council.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said the savings allowed Council to keep rates increases low and invest more in community services and infrastructure projects.

“I made a commitment to make Council became smarter, faster and better and ensure the organisation was focused on our community,” Cr Hill said.

“Council has undergone significant reforms to ensure we are more efficient and more effective.

“These reforms have taken a lot of work, but they are starting to pay significant dividends to our community and will continue to do so for years to come.”

Governance and Finance Committee Chair Cr Verena Coombe said Council was continuing to look to implement reforms that saves ratepayers’ money and improved service delivery.

“This amounts to Council saving almost $10 million each financial year of this term,” Cr Coombe said.

“These savings allow Council to provide more community services or deliver additional infrastructure projects such as new footpaths or upgrading the local park.

“I’m extremely proud to be part of a team of Councillors so committed to improving the city’s long-term financial sustainability.”