Have your say on 2018/2019 Proposed Budget and Fees and Charges
Central Goldfields Shire Council endorsed its 2018-2019 Proposed Budget at a Special Budget Meeting on Tuesday 15 May, 2018.
The Proposed Budget includes the following highlights:
Also included in the Proposed Budget is a rate increase of 2.25%, in line with the State Government’s Fair Go Rates System. Increases in waste charges are higher than CPI in this year's Proposed Budget due to changes in global recycling markets.
This has added a significant cost to recycling resulting in proposed increases to the Waste Management Fee of $10 and to the Recycling Charge of $35. Council will continue to work with the State Government to find more cost effective solutions for recycling.
The 2018/19 year is a revaluation year, and there have been significant changes to property values in the farming sector in this year's revaluation.
This will result in a redistribution of the rate burden from residential rate payers to farm owners. Council receives no additional revenue as a result of a revaluation, it is simply a mechanism that redistributes rates between all properties. Some rate payers may experience a decrease in their general rates as a result of the revaluation.
The 2018-2019 Proposed Budget and 2018-2019 Proposed Fees and Charges are on display now for a period of 28 days until Friday 15 June and community members are encouraged to provide feedback.
They documents are are available to download here:
Hard copies are available at the following locations during normal business hours:
In person: Council will conduct two Drop-in Budget Information Sessions on Tuesday 29 May:
Written submissions must be made by close of business on Friday 15 June and should be addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, Central Goldfields Shire Council, PO BOX 194, Maryborough, 3465.
A submission hearing will be held on Tuesday 19 June at 5.30pm at the Community Hub with the public encouraged to attend. To speak at the Submission Hearing residents must specify that they wish to do so as part of their written submission.
Central Goldfields Shire Chief Administrator Noel Harvey said he was pleased with the Draft Budget, which is the first in his time at the Shire.
“This Proposed Budget is something we can be proud of. We have a wide range of projects from road maintenance to Maryborough Skate Park design works. These projects will upgrade and improve the liveability of Central Goldfields Shire.
“We now invite community members to have their say and provide feedback on the Draft Budget.”