Ratepayers can expect a 2.49% increase in their annual bill from Logan City Council after this year’s $1 billion budget was handed down yesterday.

Add bumps to the environment levy ($7) and community service charges ($10) and that equates to about $87 a year for the average home owner.

In perspective, Logan’s hike was significantly lower than some other councils such as Moreton where rates rose 5.6%.

It was a business as usual budget for Logan, which allowed the city to clean up debt and cope with rising inflation.

Pensioners would receive some reprieve with a 4.29% increase to the annual remission, while all ratepayers will receive a 5% discount for prompt payment.

Water is likely to rise courtesy of the state government, but council has decided not to increase their component of either water or sewerage.

If there was to be any winner from this year’s budget, it would be sporting clubs. Over five years, they would receive $38 million to improve facilities.

Although only $7.6 million per year, that money comes on top of flood recovery funding, along with state and federal money which has been tipped into local projects.

Council will spend $9 million on an already-announced advanced recycling facility at Browns Plains in partnership with Ipswich and Redland councils.

The majority of money would be spent on water and sewerage services ($328.8 million) and roads, drainage and engineering services ($241.5 million).

Mayor Darren Power said the budget built on recent achievements, leading the way in South East Queensland by delivering critical infrastructure and quality services to the community.

“Where else can you enjoy urban and rural lifestyles, first-class facilities and a caring and connected community?” Cr Power said.

“Our city is affirming its reputation as forward-thinking and ambitious. We are not afraid to chase greatness.”

However, both Cr Power and deputy mayor Natalie Willcocks pointed to rising costs as an influencing factor.

“This year, we’ve seen the Brisbane CPI increase by 6% in a year to the end of March, and everyone is feeling the impacts of higher fuel prices, including us,” Cr Willcocks said.

“Additionally, the cost of materials for construction is through the roof, and we wear those costs when delivering infrastructure for the city.

“Council seeks alternative funding sources wherever possible, including grants from other levels of government, so we can keep rate rises to a minimum.

“Whether you visit our libraries, aquatic or sports centres, one of our many parks, play sport, turn on a tap, have a furry friend, put rubbish in your wheelie bin, visit a waste and recycling facility or drive on our roads, you are using facilities and services that need to be funded.”

Cr Power said previous budgets had put Logan ahead of the game, “with recent investments in state-of-the-art technology to turn sewage into energy and fertiliser, as well as the new Kingston Butter Factory Cultural Precinct.”

“Our business community is also becoming more innovative and entrepreneurial with emerging industries choosing to move to Logan for our ideal location and ready and reliable workforce,” he said.

“When we build on what we’ve already achieved, we can create a brighter future for coming generations, and that’s what today’s budget delivers.”

The budget leaves council with a modest operating surplus of $3.65 million at the end of this financial year, and allows them to pay down $20.3 million of a $69 million loan debt.

Cr Power said council saw the value of investing money in programs that bring long-term success to the city.

“We’ve really considered where we should allocate money so that it doesn’t just benefit people over the next 12 months,” he said.

“By planning towards how we want our city to look in the next five to 10 years, we’ve identified funding allocations that will improve quality of life and create a brighter tomorrow.”

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