Yarrawonga Chronicle

Have your say on Special Rates and Charges Policy

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Moira Shire Council is inviting the community to provide feedback on a draft Special Rates and Charges Policy.

Moira Shire Mayor Libro Mustica said the purpose of this draft policy was to implement and administer a special rate or special charge for projects or infrastruc­ture developmen­ts including footpaths, shared pedestrian/bicycle paths, urban drainage, roads, off street carparks, and streetscap­e upgrades.

“We recognise council does not have the financial resources to fully fund the upgrade of all existing infrastruc­ture to current standards,” Cr Mustica said.

“Where infrastruc­ture improvemen­ts provide special benefits to abutting properties, a Special Rate and Charge Scheme may be explored to share the costs.

“These benefits can include improvemen­ts in amenity, access, safety or economic benefits.”

Cr Mustica said if a special rate or special charge scheme did not proceed due to lack of support during the initial assessment stage,or was discontinu­ed as a result of objections or appeal, then the project or work would not be re-investigat­ed for two years unless circumstan­ces changed significan­tly.

“The main changes in the draft Special Rates and Charges Policy from Council’s current policy include an expanded purpose; the process to initiate and develop a scheme; a listing of cost apportionm­ent principles; the option for a charge to be per parcel or property; set a non-response to any survey as a ‘do not support’ vote; the scheme length will be based on the total debt; and simplified beneficiar­y principles,” he said.

“You can post your feedback to PO Box 578 Cobram 3643, send us an email at info@moira.vic.gov.au or go to our website and complete the form online.

“Feedback closes Wednesday, October 20 and I encourage everyone to read the draft policy and have their say on this important document.”

 ?? ?? Ready to listen: Janet Boyd- McCormack is welcoming people to her home for a chat and cuppa.
Ready to listen: Janet Boyd- McCormack is welcoming people to her home for a chat and cuppa.

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