The 2015/16 Annual Report, as presented to Benalla Rural City Council at its meeting on October 19, reports a small operating surplus and a reduction in net borrowings.
Under the Local Government Act 1989, the Council is required to present its Annual Report to the Minister for Local Government within three months of the end of the financial year. The report was submitted on September 28.
Chief executive officer Tony McIlroy said the year-end result was an operating surplus of $211000 against total expenditure of $27.402million along with a reduction in Council’s borrowings of $659000 to $6.291million.
‘‘The 2015/16 year has been challenging from a financial management perspective,’’ Mr McIlroy said.
‘‘The change in the financial assistance grants from the Federal Government, the reduction in funding across all levels of government and the need to prepare for rate capping has bought urgency in the need to continue to drive efficiencies within our operations and the need to operate within our means.’’
Mr McIlroy said to do this Council had adopted an internally driven strategy of reducing overheads and staff resources to maintain service delivery to the community, in other words doing the same with less.
The Annual Report highlights key achievements for the year including the completion of a long-term (20-year vision) Benalla Rural City Community Plan, which outlines the values, aspirations and strategic priorities for the future as defined by the community.
The stand-out for the year was the customer service score with a best-ever rating of 70 (652015) in the 2016 Community Satisfaction Survey.
— Benalla Rural City CEO, Tony McIlroy