DRAFT Council Budget 2018-2019 | Call for Public Submissions
At its meeting on 16 May 2018, Council resolved to release its draft Budget 2018-2019 to the public, to enable community to review the budget and make submissions.
The 2018/19 budget shows the resources required over the year to fund the delivery of the multitude and varied range of services Council provides to our community. It has been developed through a rigorous process of consultation and review aimed at ensuring it delivers the community needs whilst delivering best value.
The 2018/19 budget calls for an overall increase in rates of 3.50%. After intensive financial modelling, Council concluded that to deliver the varied scope of services it needed to the community whilst remaining financially viable, it would need to increase rates in excess of the published rate cap of 2.25% for the 2017/18 year. Council applied to Essential Services Commission Victoria and was granted an exemption from the rate cap enabling it to increase rates by up to 3.5% for the 2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21 years. Any additional funding raised by the rate cap variation will be used on asset renewal to ensure that our community assets are maintained in a condition that they can continue providing efficient service into the future.
The budget maintains a significant and robust capital works program for 2018/19 of $10.19 million, including $7.24 million spent on our roads and $1.71 million on our community buildings.
The 2018/19 budget also provides significant amounts of funding for ongoing program and service delivery, including:
- Ongoing maintenance of our local roads and bridges $2.73 million
- Provision of aged and disability services $0.65 million
- Parks and Gardens maintenance across the shire $0.45 million
- Support for Library Services $0.17 million
- Provision of Youth and Family services $0.73 million
In developing the 2018/19 Budget, Council has been particularly aware of the need to balance the ongoing financial sustainability of Council with community expectation of service levels and the capacity to pay. Council has attempted to maintain service levels whilst keeping the rate increase to a minimum and providing best value with an eye to maintaining a vibrant and sustainable future for the municipality.
Written Submissions must be recieved at the Council Offices no later than 5:00pm on Friday 15 June 2018.
DRAFT Council Budget 2018-2019