Confused councillors want budget answers

A SURPLUS has become adeficit in the blink of an eye atOberon Council.
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And confused councillorsare wondering how it all addsup – and asking for answers.

Council held an extraordinarymeeting last Thursday andapproved the Operating Budgetfor the year, which had an operatingsurplus of approximately$93,000.

But a Revised OperationalPlan for 2014/15 has revealed adeficit of $757,217.

It comes after net transfers fromreserves of $900,957.

Mayor John McMahon said councillorswere only made aware of thischange last Wednesday night and arewaiting for an explanation from seniorstaff.

Cr McMahon said councillors willhave a workshop in mid-July to gothrough all the figures to see what ledto this drawdown.

“We need to rectify this problembefore it gets out of hand,” he said.

“According to the Revised OperationalPlan, $900,957 has beentransferred from council’s reserves ofjust over $8 million, but we can’t dothis every year or we’ll be broke.

“A one-off transfer for plantreplacement is acceptable, but weneed to get it all in black and white tosee exactly where the money is going.”

Cr Kerry Gibbons said all councillorswere shocked by the figures.

“We are supposed to be advised bymanagement in simple English. Wedefinitely need to run in the black,not in the red.”

Cr Gibbons said he was “not toohappy with the situation”.

He said there will be questionsasked at the informal briefing sessionof council next Tuesday night.

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