Council’s 2020/21 Draft Budget is out for community consultation, after Council moved a motion at tonight’s Special Meeting to seek community input before considering adopting the 2020/21 Budget in July.
Mayor Cr David Edwards said this Budget was created and considered under difficult circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic and he believed Council had struck the right balance of keeping the rate rise low and committing funds for new and upgraded facilities and services across the Shire.
“The three main components for me that come out of this Budget are:
“I think this Draft Budget ticks the boxes for the above three criteria, and we as Councillors are keen to hear what the community think,” Cr Edwards said.
Highlights of the Draft Budget include a proposed Capital Improvement Program for 2020/21 of $27.609 million (including $3.579 million in works carried forward from 2019/20). Of this, $9.448 million relates to new works, $10.090 million relates to the renewal of assets, and $8.071 million is for the upgrade of assets. Some of the key projects proposed as part of the 2020/21 Capital Program include:
New initiatives proposed include:
For the 2020/21 annual budget, rate increases have been capped at 2.00% in line with the Victorian Government’s Fair Go Rates System, and Moorabool Shire is committed to allocating an amount at least equivalent to the revenue generated from a 2.00% rate increase to help those in the community most impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s very pleasing to see the Draft Budget has made provision for those who most need help during this time, as should be the case,” Cr Edwards said.
Council has already put several steps in place to cater for those who need assistance:
To view the Draft Budget and to make a submission, go to https://moorabool.engagementhub.com.au/proposed-moorabool-shire-202021-annual-budget. Written submissions will be received up to 5.00pm on Tuesday 23 June 2020. Council will consider submissions received at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on 1 July 2020.
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