HORSHAM Rural City Council failed to meet five of its eight strategic goals last financial year.
Council’s annual report shows it did not start construction on the town hall redevelopment or complete a Horsham community plan.
Council also failed to assess the condition of buildings valued at more than $20,000, reduce electricity use at Horsham Civic Centre by five per cent and have 70 per cent of staff participate in a satisfaction survey.
But council did meet its targets to run three internal audits, increase the number of groups receiving community grants by five per cent and sell two industrial blocks.
Cr Heather Phillips said it was refreshing to have council admit it didn’t reach all its targets.
“It is really honest to see that there are a number of key strategic activities that we haven’t achieved,” she said.
“We are not trying to cover anything up in saying that there are key performance indicators that we haven’t achieved.
“We all know that and that is why we will be working hard during the next three years to get some runs on the board.”
The annual report shows council’s income for 2012-13 was $52.1 million, while it spent $15.1 million on management and administration, $14.8 million on physical services and $7.9 million on the environment.
Cr Pam Clarke said council’s money was well spent.
“When I first came on council some 10 years ago I was really impressed with how the finances were managed in this organisation,” she said.
“It is a huge amount of money and every cent is scrutinised and controlled.
“The chief executive and each of the managers know how hard it is to get things they want to do into the budget each year.”
Cr Mark Radford said council should be proud of its annual report.
“It is a great picture of Horsham Rural City Council in 2013 – where we are and where we are hoping to be,” he said.