Glen Innes Severn Council has urged the Australian Government to honour its promise to restore indexation to the local government Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) payments in the upcoming 2017-18 Federal Budget.
Mayor, Cr Steve Toms said the funds have played an important role in helping Glen Innes Severn Council provide vital services and infrastructure for the community. “The untied FAGs are an important part of our revenue base, from which we provide and maintain Council’s local community infrastructure and services,” Councillor Toms said. “Council has a significant infrastructure backlog and any reduction in funding puts us further behind.”
“The Commonwealth’s decision in the 2014 Federal Budget to freeze indexation of this valued funding means Council has received a reduced level of Financial Assistance Grants for the past three years, putting a noticeable dent in our cash flow and impacting on the services we’re able to provide to our community,” he said. “We estimate the cost to Council over this period has been $ 150,000. “
“The Australian Government committed to restore indexation in this year’s Federal Budget and Council and the community will hold them to their promise. Politicians in Canberra must restore indexation of FAGs so that Council can meet its community's demand for services and provide the level and quality of service that they deserve,” Mayor Toms said.
Glen Innes Severn Council has joined other councils nationwide on a campaign to ensure the Federal Government honours its promise to restore indexation to FAGs in the 2017-18 Federal Budget.