THE City of Bunbury is expected to borrow $6 million in the next financial year to fund works including an extension to the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre.
The loans are included in the City Budget which will be adopted at a special meeting tonight.
The centre extension loan totals more than $2 million on a borrowing list that includes roadworks and path constructions, the Hands Oval upgrade, the Hay Park sports pavilion and a car park at Cobblestone Drive.
Chief executive officer Andrew Brien said the City was working on 180 separate projects that would benefit Bunbury.
He said the hefty loans were required to allow the City to “get in and get on with it.”
“We will be going into debt quite heavily with these big projects on the table, so we will need to manage it carefully over the next couple of years.”
The special meeting will also decide the rates residents, business and property owners will pay in the new financial year and charges for rubbish collection.
The average rate rise of 5.9 per cent is proposed for residential properties.
This compares to an 8 per cent rise in Dardanup, 7 per cent in Capel and 5.2 per cent in Harvey.
Residents could pay up to $90 a year for a new organic waste bin on top of at least $160 for general rubbish and recycling collections.