Mornington Peninsula Shire Council’s Proposed Budget 2020/21 is on public exhibition until 5pm Thursday 23 April 2020.
Council have worked with the community to develop the Proposed Budget 2020/21 – and now encourage your comment on the draft document.
Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Sam Hearn said we acknowledge the uncertain times facing all aspects of the community due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
“As such, we recognise Council’s proposed financial direction for 2020/2021 may require changes.
“If changes are required, we’ll explore any potential impact while the Proposed Budget is on public exhibition and make any necessary changes (in accordance the Local Government Act 1989) when the Budget is brought before Council for adoption on 9 June 2020.
“As a local council, we are proactively addressing challenges locally and will continue to invest in our community to reduce the impact on essential services,” concluded Cr Hearn.
The state government sets out the maximum amount Councils may increase rates in a year. For 2020/21 the rate cap has been set at 2.0%.
The Proposed Budget includes changes to some elements of the Rating Strategy, recognition of properties under Trust For Nature, reduction in rates for Rural Living Rate properties and increase to the Waste Service Charge.
The Proposed 2020/21 Capital Works Budget is $52.5M. Some big-ticket items include:
- $11.2M – Our Aquatic Centre (including traffic signal installation)
- $1.5M – Tyabb Preschool upgrade
- $1.3M – Tennis Strategy implementation
- $1.5M – Somerville Active Recreation Hub
- $1.9M – Merricks Station Grounds Master Plan
- $1.2M – Rye Township Plan
- $4.0M – Road Resealing and Rehabilitation Works
- $1.8M – Footpath Renewal Program
- $1.0M – Emergency Drainage Works
- $650k – Merricks / Stanleys Rd Intersection – Roundabout Construction
- $1.0M – Balnarring Recreation Reserve – Oval Rehabilitation
- $900k – Narambi Reserve, Mornington – Junior Oval Construction
- $530k – Marna Reserve, Dromana – Netball Courts Renewal
Projects in the Proposed $4.3M Priority Projects Program include:
- $100k – Hinterland Environmental Water Scheme: Feasibility Study
- $100k – Social Housing Projects Facilitation
- $400k – Climate Emergency Program to support strategic objectives
- $360k – Biolinks Weed Management
- $100k – Heritage Review – Stage 4
- $75k – Dromana Community Hub Business Case
- $40k – Strategic Plan for Libraries
Notice is given pursuant to sections 129 and 223 of the Local Government Act 1989 (‘the Act’) that the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council (‘Council’) has prepared a Proposed Budget for the 2020/21 financial year.
The 2020/21 Proposed Budget is available to view on Council’s website (www.mornpen.vic.gov.au). Hard copies are available for inspection at Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Rosebud, Mornington and Hastings offices. The Budget document is on exhibition until Thursday, 23 April 2020.
Any person may make a written submission on the Budget. All submissions received on or before Thursday, 23 April 2020 will be considered by Council in accordance with Section 223 of the Act.
If a person wishes to be heard in support of their written submission they must include the request in their submission and this will entitle them, or a person acting on their behalf, to appear in person before a meeting of the Section 223 Submission Committee of Council (‘Committee’), scheduled to be held on Wednesday, 6 May 2020 commencing at 6.30pm, at the Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Rosebud Office, 90 Besgrove Street, Rosebud.
Written submissions should be submitted online through the Shire’s website: mornpen.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay
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