Draft bud­get re­leased

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Hor­sham Rural City Coun­cil has called on res­i­dents and ratepay­ers to pro­vide feed­back on the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s 2017-draft bud­get, which in­cludes a two-per­cent rate rise and an $18.28-mil­lion cap­i­tal works pro­gram.

The two-per­cent rise is in ac­cor­dance with the State Govern­ment’s de­ci­sion to cap rate rises at a max­i­mum of two per­cent for 2017-18.

The coun­cil ear­lier this month de­cided against ap­ply­ing to the Es­sen­tial Ser­vices Com­mis­sion for a vari­a­tion, as it did in the pre­vi­ous fi­nan­cial year.

Coun­cil­lors have de­cided to in­clude an on­go­ing one-per­cent in­fra­struc­ture re­newal com­po­nent within the over­all two-per­cent rise.

The draft bud­get fore­casts to­tal rev­enue of $52.4-mil­lion and to­tal spend­ing of $48.1-mil­lion.

Rates and charges are to make up 48.8 per­cent of rev­enue.

Coun­cil cor­po­rate ser­vices di­rec­tor Graeme Har­ri­son said un­der the draft bud­get, the coun­cil would main­tain all ser­vices in 2017-18.

“The coun­cil has con­tained cost in­creases and only mi­nor in­creases to staff re­sources and has also con­tin­ued to fund $460,000 worth of new ini­tia­tives to drive fur­ther ef­fi­cien­cies and im­prove our ef­fec­tive­ness,” he said.

Mr Har­ri­son said high­lights of the coun­cil’s pro­posed cap­i­tal works pro­gram in­cluded $2.15-mil­lion for Kal­kee Road Chil­dren’s and Com­mu­nity Hub devel­op­ment and $2.09-mil­lion for Wim­mera In­ter­modal Freight Ter­mi­nal precinct in­dus­trial es­tate devel­op­ment at Dooen.

The coun­cil has also pro­posed $1-mil­lion to im­prove trans­fer sta­tion fa­cil­i­ties, while La­harum’s Cameron Oval will re­ceive $65,000 for new change rooms. Other high­lights from the 2017-18 draft bud­get in­clude: • $40,000 for the devel­op­ment of a

youth strat­egy. • $40,000 for an im­proved data­base in en­vi­ron­men­tal health. • $15,000 to de­velop an early years in­te­grated ser­vice gov­er­nance model. • $85,000 in building-re­lated projects, such as lock­ing sys­tems, as­bestos au­dit, es­sen­tial safety mea­sures and in­spec­tions. • $20,000 for Fire­brace Street her­itage shop-front in­cen­tive scheme. • $50,000 for a roof de­sign at the

Re­gional Live­stock Ex­change. • $48,000 for the estab­lish­ment of a sus­tain­abil­ity re­serve to fund fu­ture en­ergy sav­ing projects across the mu­nic­i­pal­ity. • $60,000 for ad­di­tional road clear­ance and tree clear­ing and prun­ing. • $30,000 for town en­trances and streetscap­e re­fur­bish­ments. The bud­get has been drafted to fit in with the coun­cil’s 2017-21 plan and 2017-18 draft rates strat­egy, which are also out for pub­lic com­ment.

Peo­ple can visit www.hrcc.vic. gov.au for copies of the draft doc­u­ments.

Ratepay­ers can make sub­mis­sions to any of the doc­u­ments ahead of a coun­cil meet­ing on June 6.

Sub­mis­sions should be made in writ­ing to chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Brown, PO Box 511, Hor­sham, Vic­to­ria, 3400 or via email to coun­[email protected]

Peo­ple who wish to be heard in coun­cil on June 6 should in­di­cate so in their sub­mis­sion.

Coun­cil staff will host a pub­lic in­for­ma­tion ses­sion at Wesley Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre on May 24 at 5.30pm.

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