LOGAN City Council is promising increased spending, but remains tight-lipped on how much it will cost ratepayers in next week’s budget.

Other councils in the region have hinted at rates hikes in the vicinity of 5%, to meet current inflation figures.

Although council insiders won’t reveal Logan’s increase, it can be expected that a surplus budget will see a need for some post-Covid and post-flood balancing of the books.

Mayor Darren Power is promising a “controlled budget” that would meet the needs of a growing city.

“Catering to the expanding needs of one of Queesland’s fastest-growing regions must be balanced with sound fiscal responsibility and we have done that again this year,” he said.

“Every time a resident turns on a tap or puts out a bin, visits a library or travels on a council road to take the kids to a park, they are relying on a Council service and these things cost a lot of money.

“The cost of bitumen and steel continues to soar, but we cannot afford to put the brakes on projects that our residents expect to be delivered.”

The big winners of next week’s budget, according to the mayor, will be sporting facilities, the environment, innovation and infrastructure.

“This budget will see controlled spending across priority projects that will benefit the community and ensure value for money from council,” Cr Power said.

“We are building a brighter tomorrow for the city of Logan through quality lifestyles, more jobs, economic growth and increased sustainability.”

Cr Power said the Covid pandemic and recent floods had taken a toll on the city and put pressure on supply chains.

He cited the Kingston Butter Factory entertainment precinct and Australia’s first biosolids gasification facility at Loganholme Wastewater Treatment Plant as examples of pushing ahead when times are tough.

“We’re also attracting quality development to the city with private investment into new hospitals and award-winning housing estates,” he said.

“We’re investing in vital infrastructure, road upgrades and a city-wide beautification program. We want to support existing businesses and attract new ones.

“We are also backing sport and youth programs that help make our city a fun and healthy place to grow up in.”

Cr Power said the city was in a sound financial position.

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