Extraordinary meeting on Council’s budget

Armidale Dumaresq councillors are reviewing 30 areas of Council expenditure.

THIRTY areas of Council expenditure will be reviewed by Armidale Dumaresq councillors on Monday as they juggle ways of making the books balance.

General manager Glenn Wilcox said councillors had spent the past six months workshopping ways of ensuring a balanced budget for Council.

On Monday, they will vote on recommendations to try rein-in expenditure.

One of the big-tickets items off the agenda is the planned $11 million upgrade of Armidale War Memorial Library.

Also under review are community services such as Armidale Volunteer Centre, environmental management such as weeding and spraying reserves and a return of open space to native vegetation areas.

“Council will work with the community and stakeholders to bring about the necessary changes to operations to achieve these goals [of achieving a surplus in 2019 and 2020],” Mr Wilcox said.

But also touted is Council’s biggest capital works expenditure of nearly $29 million.

Included in this are rehabilitating rural roads ($546,000), resealing roads ($960,000), phase 1of the new landfill ($12 million) and Erskine Street drainage ($890,000).

Monday’s meeting is open to the public and starts at 6pm in Council Chambers in Rusden Street.

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