Car­dinia pro­poses rate in­crease of 2.25%

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

Car­dinia Shire Coun­cil’s draft bud­get for next fi­nan­cial year pro­poses a gen­eral rate in­crease of 2.25 per cent.

Al­most $50 mil­lion will be for in­fra­struc­ture works with ma­jor works in­clud­ing the com­ple­tion of stage one of the Lang Lang com­mu­nity and recre­ation precinct at a cost of $4.7 mil­lion and con­struc­tion of the Bun­yip soc­cer sta­dium.

In an ex­ec­u­tive sum­mary of the draft bud­get coun­cil says the low rate rise en­vi­ron­ment has led to a re­view of the ser­vices it de­liv­ers and the cap­i­tal works pro­gram and to source al­ter­na­tive fund­ing.

It stated that State and Fed­eral gov­ern­ments’ fund­ing of lo­cal gov­ern­ment do not in­crease in line with real cost in­creases, cit­ing as an ex­am­ple ma­ter­nal and child health ser­vices where the level of pay­ment for the State gov­ern­ment does not re­flect true costs.

Coun­cil also points out that lo­cal gov­ern­ment raises only about three per cent of to­tal taxes col­lected in Aus­tralia but has to main­tain more than 30 per cent of pub­lic as­sets such as roads, bridges, foot­paths, parks and pub­lic build­ings.

It says the shire’s pop­u­la­tion growth would also con­tinue to place sig­nif­i­cant stress on the coun­cil’s re­sources.

Car­dinia’s draft bud­get is now on ex­hi­bi­tion and open for pub­lic sub­mis­sions.

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