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Under the Local Government Act 2001, and the Local Government Reform Act 2014, local authorities are obliged to prepare and adopt an annual budget.

Our Annual Budget is a formal document that outlines the Council’s financial plan for the upcoming year. It specifies the projected income and expenditure related to the various services and projects the Council intends to deliver or maintain.

The Chief Executive, in collaboration with various departments within the Council, prepares a draft budget which is then presented to the elected members (Councillors) for consideration.  The members review the draft and may propose amendments, within certain legal and financial constraints, and then formally vote to adopt the budget, with or without amendments (usually in Q4).