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Council adopts its 2017-18 Budget

June 27, 2017

At its Special meeting held on 27 June 2017, Council adopted its 2017-18 Budget

The carried Motion (Council resolution) can be read as follows:

Councillors Sladdin/Attley:

That Council:

1. Having considered written and verbal submissions pursuant to Section 223 of the Local Government Act 1989, adopt the 2017-18 Budget (as attached), including the Schedule of Fees and Charges, for the financial year ending 30 June 2018, with the following amendments:

a) Allocate $35,000 per annum for the 2017-18 budget and in each year of the Strategic Resource Plan 2017-21 for School Crossing Supervisors. The CEO is to find alternate funding models and/or efficiency gains in delivery of this service at this reduced amount.

b) Continue to advocate to VicRoads for a minimum of 50% funding of the ongoing gross cost of School Crossing Supervisors.

c) Allocate $50,000 for the development of a master plan for the Station Precinct.

d) Remove the forecast revenue from the sale of the Saleyards site from the 2017-18 budget while Council continues to explore options for future use.

e) Amend the Schedule of Fees and Charges to introduce a charge of $14 per cubic metre per load of cardboard in excess of 1 cubic metre.

f) Continue to provide Financial Counselling services at the current level of service through alternate funding models and/or efficiency gains.

g) An increase of $453,000 in capital grant income due to a recent Roads 2 Recovery funding announcement for 2017-18.

h) A change in the timing of the Financial Assistance Grants for 2017-18, bringing forward $1.368m into the 2016-17 financial year, and decreasing 2017-18 income by the same amount.

i) A reduction of $110,000 in financial assistance grants from the Victorian Grants Commission for 2017-18 and future years.

j) A net increase to the 2016-17 forecast income statement of $78,000 due to a delay of the liquidation of the High Country Library Corporation.

k) Deletion of a road resealing project in the 2018-19 Capital Works schedule valued at $820,000.

l) Deletion of the $6,500 annual contribution to the State Emergency Service to reflect State Government funding changes to the Service.

2. Thank all submitters for their participation in the budget development process and advise them in writing of the reasons for the adoption of the 2017-18 Budget as per section 223(1) d(ii) of the Local Government Act 1989.

3. Give public notice of its decision to adopt the 2017-18 Budget in accordance with section 130(2) of the Local Government Act 1989.

4. Provide a copy of the 2017-18 Budget to the Minister for Local Government in accordance with section 130(4) of the Local Government Act 1989.

5. Make a copy of the adopted budget available for public inspection at its municipal office and on its website at all times in accordance with section 130(9) of the Local Government Act 1989.

6. Instruct the CEO to immediately commence a comprehensive and strategic service review of all departments, services and functions of Mansfield Shire Council which will:

a) Identify core Council services and statutory functions that are most efficiently and cost effectively conducted by employees.
b) Identify core Council services and statutory functions that may be more efficiently and cost effectively provided by contract, other agencies or shared service agreements.
c) Identify opportunities for more efficient alignment of the statutory and core functions of Council through a review of the organisation’s structure.
d) Identify non-core Council services that can be reduced or stopped.
e) Identify ongoing savings to the organisation of at least $500K per annum.
f) Report findings to Council by 30 October 2017.

7. Formally declare the following rates and charges for the 2017-18 rating year:

a) MUNICIPAL CHARGE
i) Pursuant to the provisions of Section 159 of the Local Government Act 1989 a municipal charge be declared in respect of the 2017-18 financial year.
ii) The municipal charge be declared for the purpose of covering some of the administrative costs to Council.
iii) The municipal charge in the sum of $270.61 for each rateable land (or part) in respect of which a municipal charge may be levied is declared in respect of the 2017-18 financial year.
iv) It be confirmed that the municipal charge is declared in respect of all rateable land within the municipal district in respect of which a municipal charge may be levied.

b) GENERAL RATES
i) Pursuant to the provisions of Section 161 of the Local Government Act 1989 the following differential rates be declared for the 2017-18 financial year:

• A general rate of 0.2723 cents in the dollar of CIV for all rateable residential properties.
• A general rate of 0.3827 cents in the dollar of CIV for all rateable commercial properties.
• A general rate of 0.3775 cents in the dollar of CIV for all rateable vacant land.
• A general rate of 0.2534 cents in the dollar of CIV for all rateable rural residential properties.
• A general rate of 0.1970 cents in the dollar of CIV for all rateable farmland properties.
• Rate concession for rateable farmland properties (based on residential) of 28%.

ii) It be recorded that Council believes each differential rate will contribute to the equitable and efficient carrying out of Council functions. Details of the objectives of each differential rate, the types of classes of land which are subject to each differential rate and the uses of each differential rate are set out in 7.12 of the attached 2017-18 Budget document.

iii) In accordance with the Cultural and Recreational Lands Act 1963 the cultural and recreational charges, in lieu of rates in respect of the 2017-18 financial year, be applied to all land to which that Act applies.

iv) Pursuant to Section 169 (1)(a) of the Local Government Act 1989 Council grant a rebate to the not-for-profit Beolite Retirement Village with respect to the community benefit derived from the Community Centre facility that is available for use by members of the Mansfield Shire community.

c) ANNUAL SERVICE CHARGE
i) Pursuant to the provisions of Section 162 of the Local Government Act 1989 an annual service charge relating to waste management be declared for the 2017-18 financial year for each rateable property as follows:

                                                                                             Additional Bins
Kerbside rubbish collection      80 litre Bin      $161.58
Kerbside rubbish collection    120 litre Bin      $286.81      $286.81
Kerbside rubbish collection    240 litre Bin      $478.66      $478.66
Kerbside recycling collection  240 litre Bin      $184.49      $143.41
Community waste                                                $113.46

ii) Pursuant to the provisions of Section 221 of the Local Government Act 1989 an annual service charge relating to waste management be declared for the 2017-18 financial year on each non-rateable property where the service is provided.

                                                                                             Additional Bins
Kerbside rubbish collection      80 litre Bin      $161.58
Kerbside rubbish collection    120 litre Bin      $286.81      $286.81
Kerbside rubbish collection    240 litre Bin      $478.66      $478.66
Kerbside recycling collection  240 litre Bin      $184.49      $143.41

8. Rate Payments
Rates are payable in four instalments due by:

- First instalment 30 September
- Second instalment 30 November
 -Third instalment 28 February
 - Fourth instalment 31 May