According to a recent report Willoughby Council has $28 million backlog in public works. Of this $20 million is needed to bring stormwater drains up to scratch. Council is in the process of prioritising these public works. Council will spend $2.7 million this financial year on problem. Roads, curbs, gutters and footpaths need $7.2 million. Roads need $4.4 million.
Council is planning to to get on top of the backlog within a few years. Feedback from the community to date is that they would accept a modest increase in rates to address the backlog. We hear that Council is looking at rate increases of 3, 4 or 5%.
There will be further community consultation before major decisions are made.