Council adopted the Proposed Budget 2018/19 for public exhibition at its Council meeting held last Tuesday night in Trentham.
Mayor Cr John Cottrell said that the 2018/19 Proposed Budget responsibly funds new initiatives and delivers important services for the community.
“I’m pleased with the outcome of the Proposed Budget 2018/19 and recommend it to our community. It delivers for communities across the shire with some important infrastructure and asset improvements, along with the important essential services we deliver. A great deal of work has been done by council officers to find cost savings,” said Cr Cottrell.
The Capital Works program for 2018-19 will be $10.5 million, excluding projects that may be carried over from the 2017/18 year. Of the $10.5 million in capital funding required, $7.4 million will come from Council operations, $1.7 million from external grants and contributions, $0.8 million from reserves and asset sales and $1.2 million to be funded by new borrowings.
“Our Council looks forward to working with the community to deliver a range of exciting projects in 2018/19,” said Cr Cottrell.
Rate increases have been capped at 2.25% in line with the Victorian Government’s Fair Go Rates System. Unfortunately, with the recent changes to the recycling industry, it has been necessary to increase the kerbside recycling collection charge by $33 and the waste management charge by $12. A new fee for comingled recyclables received at transfer stations will also be introduced.
CEO, Aaron van Egmond, said that cost savings and efficiency improvements in the area of waste management since 2012-13 has allowed for a reduction in waste charges over the past few years.
“While we are increasing waste charges in 2018-19 due to the recycling issues affecting most councils, a resident receiving kerbside collection services will still be paying less in 2018-19 than 2012-13,” said Mr van Egmond.
“Dealing effectively with recyclable materials is an issue facing all councils. Our Council is investigating innovative ways to efficiently process our recyclables in the future and increase our overall recycling efforts,” said Cr Cottrell.
As part of Council’s Budget consultation process, we will hold a series of information sessions in each ward for ratepayers to get an insight into the Proposed Budget 2018-19 and ask questions.
Tuesday, 1 May 2018 6pm – 7.30pm Daylesford Senior Citizens’ Room
Thursday, 3 May 2018 6pm – 7.30pm Creswick RSL
Monday, 7 May 2018 6pm – 7.30pm Glenlyon Hall
Tuesday, 8 May 2018 6pm – 7.30pm Trentham Neighbourhood Centre
Thursday, 10 May 2018 6pm – 7.30pm The Warehouse – Clunes