Balanc­ing the bud­get

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page -

An­nual bud­gets – whether lo­cal, state or fed­eral gov­ern­ment – have ev­ery­one ur­gently try­ing to find the good and the bad and how it im­pacts them.

Whether it’s added strain on the house­hold bud­get, small busi­ness tax re­lief, money for vi­tal re­sources in­clud­ing ed­u­ca­tion or health, prop­erty rate in­creases or cuts to al­lowances, the bud­gets de­liv­ered by all lev­els of gov­ern­ment are im­por­tant to our ev­ery­day lives.

Moira Shire Coun­cil has a dif­fi­cult job, as do all in lo­cal gov­ern­ment, in balanc­ing in­creases in rates and charges with the de­mand for ser­vices and in­fra­struc­ture.

Rate cap­ping in Vic­to­ria has se­verely lim­ited avail­able rate in­creases in re­cent years, ar­guably rightly so af­ter hefty in­creases across the sec­tor in the 90s.

With that how­ever comes a dif­fi­culty for coun­cil in de­liv­er­ing ex­pected lev­els of ser­vice while main­tain­ing ex­ist­ing and pro­vid­ing new in­fra­struc­ture.

Af­ter some crit­i­cism in years past re­gard­ing the bud­get share for Yar­ra­wonga and sur­rounds, Moira Shire Coun­cil’s 2017/18 bud­get looks favourably on lo­cal cap­i­tal works.

There is fund­ing for run­way light­ing at the Yar­ra­wonga Aero­drome, new equip­ment and an elec­tri­cal au­dit at the Yar­ra­wonga Town Hall, de­sign work for a new Yar­ra­wonga Li­brary, tree plant­ing and a new ten­nis court for Bun­da­long among a list of bud­get items.

They aren’t all huge in­vest­ments, but all are im­por­tant in the con­tin­ued growth, de­vel­op­ment and im­prove­ment of our towns.

The Moira Shire Coun­cil draft bud­get is now avail­able for con­sid­er­a­tion with the com­mu­nity in­vited to pro­vide feed­back.

Take the op­por­tu­nity to have a read, learn about the del­i­cate balance main­tained by lo­cal gov­ern­ment and if you’re moved to do so, pro­vide some com­ment.

It is worth the time to have your say.

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