Council budget response mixed

WHILE Liberal councillors have talked up the record spend on local roads, parks and footpaths, other councillors voted against Liverpool Council's 2014/15 budget.

Liverpool Community Independents' councillor Peter Harle said he voted against the budget at a meeting last week because there was too much spending on events such as the council's New Year's Eve at Chipping Norton Lakes, the Starri Sari Night Bollywood Film Festival and the night market. "We spend too much on things like this when we should spend more money on basic services," Cr Harle said.

The 2014/15 draft budget features a total of $86.9 million in capital works, including $27 million for local roads, $5.8 million for parks and recreation and $2.7 million for footpaths.

The budget also includes a $400,000 spend on playground upgrades, with $200,000 of that to be allocated to sail shade structures at several council playgrounds.

It is on public display now and will be available for viewing and comment at the Liverpool Council chambers until the end of the month.

Cr Ned Mannoun said he was shocked that some councillors had voted against it.

"This budget invests even more in our core services such as roads, footpaths and park upgrades, while preparing Liverpool for the potential of the new airport and the Building Our New City program," Cr Mannoun said.

Councillor Tony Hadchiti didn't understand why some councillors were criticising council events like the night markets. "Those things bring the city to life at night, with a huge community thumbs-up," he said. "They boost the economy and the city is safer at night."



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