brimbank,
21
April
2016
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07:00
Australia/Melbourne

A rate-capped budget with limited changes to services

Summary

Brimbank City Council has released its proposed Budget for 2016/2017 which meets the State Government’s legislated cap of a 2.5 per cent rates rise.

Brimbank City Council has released its proposed Budget for 2016/2017 which meets the State Government’s legislated cap of a 2.5 per cent rates rise.

“I am pleased to release the Budget for community feedback,” said Chair of Brimbank Administrators John Watson. It is financially responsible and focused on delivering value and services to our community.

“Council has worked to minimise the impact of the constraint on revenue raising while continuing to deliver quality projects and services for the Brimbank community. From a total income of $200.3 million, there is a healthy capital works program of $57.3 million - including $4.8 million carried over from 2015/2016.”

Key Budget highlights include:

  • $5.57 million for the continuing upgrade of town centres, which includes improvements to pavements, landscaping, street furniture and pedestrian links
  • $20.58 million on roads, footpaths, drainage upgrades , pedestrian facilities and links
  • $5.1 million on community facilities and early learning facilities and $2.2 million earmarked for the Keilor Community Hub
  • $2.73 million for parks, playgrounds and open space; which includes more than $1.2 million in park and playground upgrades and renewal with significant works scheduled at Delahey Reserve (stage 2 upgrade) and Delbridge Reserve in Sydenham
  • $2.12 million on sports facilities including the $1.2 million Ardeer soccer pavilion
  • $1.07 million on walking and cycling paths which includes the Taylors Creek recreational trail
  • $740,000 investment in sustainability initiatives to reduce future costs
  • $1.815 million to pay the final instalment for purchase of the former Sunvale primary school site for a park and $800,000 for library books.

“The additional pensioner discount of $25 off the rates bill is an ongoing commitment and remains in place.

“The Government’s legislated ‘cap’ on rates has required Council to find additional economies of $6.5 million in order to meet the 2.5% target. It has been very difficult to find this amount as we have had an ongoing program of implementing operational savings in past budgets.

“For example, Council is reducing operating costs by leaving some staffing positions vacant – while this will have an impact operationally it will not affect direct care services. Our sustainability program including installing energy saving light bulbs across the City is saving money as is consolidating the four Council offices into the new Brimbank Community and Civic Centre with space for tenant partners which will bring in income and reduce costs.

“Council is also looking to technology and improving our digital presence as a way of becoming a leaner, more efficient organisation.

“Council will continue to seek further efficiencies with the aim of minimising impact to services as much as possible in future years. We will continue to deliver services our community depends on and contribute to making Brimbank a great place to live, work and visit,” Mr Watson said.

Read copies of the draft Budget, Long Term Financial Plan and Rating Strategy at Council’s customer service centres and libraries and on our Have Your Say page.

Any person may make a written submission to the Council before 5pm on 24 May 2016, via email (submission@brimbank.vic.gov.au) or via post to: Director Corporate and Community Relations, Brimbank City Council, PO Box 70, Sunshine, Victoria 3020.

In accordance with Section 223 of the Local Government Act 1989, anyone making a written submission also has the right to be heard in person on their submission to Council, at a meeting to be held on 7 June 2016.

Anyone wishing to be heard in support of their submission at this meeting should state so in their written submission.