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Council tightens belt

Saturday, 17th December, 2011

By Erica Visser
Some City Council projects may be put off to save three per cent of total expenditure.
With finances restricted, Council formed a cost-cutting committee at its monthly meeting on Wednesday night and in another measure to save money, has decided to not fill two vacant management positions.
The committee has eight members who will cut back and prioritise projects that have been on the agenda.
Mayor Wincen Cuy said that while there was no danger to current projects, those planned for the near future might be set back.
Mayor Cuy said that the committee would make recommendations to Council after looking into how to cut costs.
“The aim is to review all projects already started and complete looking at ones that haven’t been started,” he said.
He said projects will be judged on the basis of urgency.
“It’s looking at do they really need to be started this year or can they wait until next financial year?.
“My personal opinion is that anything that wasn’t budgeted for in this year should be looked at next financial year.”
Committee member Councillor Neville Gasmier, who put the idea to Council, said that having committees in place was always beneficial.
“It will look at a range of options, I would hope, a range of cost-saving measures and look at our finances in general,” he said.
Clr Gasmier said that he wanted the best for Broken Hill and that meant being realistic about finances.
“Our intention is not to go in and say ‘no, no, no’. But we’ve got to get the best result so we’ll need to look at all the options.”
He said he hoped that recommendations would be put to Council before the end of the financial year.
“Already we’ve asked for a full pricing structure on the entrance to the pool,” Clr Gasmier said.
“I hope we will make some recommendations but it’s really hard to anticipate.”

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