Balancing the budget
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.