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The Shire of Esperance has produced its draft 2013-2014 budget.

Shire of Esperance Chief Executive Officer Matthew Scott said rates for both town and rural properties would increase by 7.95 per cent in the coming financial year.

"The draft budget will fund the needs of the organisation while, at the same time, covering additional statutory expenses that have recently been imposed on local government. We are proud to have been able to present a budget that will address the costs faced by the organisation without the need to borrow money."

Some of the allocations made in the draft budget include:

  • $200,000 for the Salmon Gums multi purpose community centre
  • $235,000 for repairs and upgrades to the Bay of Isles Leisure
  • $100,000 to repair the roof on Esperance Public Library
  • $142,000 to progress priority projects
  • $252,000 for reticulation upgrades

Shire President Malcolm Heasman said Council was planning for the future.

"Council is pleased to have been able to keep this year’s rate rise below 8 per cent. I am confident that this draft budget addresses the present needs of the Shire at the least possible cost to ratepayers."

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To read the media release click here.