The Council Budget 2018/2019 was adopted by Council on 25 June 2018.
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Every four years Council develops and adopts a four year Strategic Budget. This is a high level budget that sets our plan for the budget over a period of time and the current Plan covers the period 1 July 2017 to June 30 2021.
As well as the 4 year Plan, we create an annual budget that implements our Council Plan. The Annual budget includes costs relating to operating the Council like staffing and administering our services as well as budget for physical projects like road repairs, new footpaths and new or upgraded facilities.
The annual budget is developed in accordance with the Local Government Act 1989, and is shaped community consultation. Each year the budget needs to focus on delivering quality services and keeping any rate increase in line with the State Government’s Rate Cap.
See the Video "How do rates get calculated" for more information of rate capping and how rates are set.
There are four key factors that impacting on the development of the budget,
- Rating Strategy (the overall strategy for what the rates will be)
- Fees & Charges Schedule (the costs and charges associated with our services)
- Four year Strategic Resource Plan (the longer term plan)
- Capital Works and Initiatives Schedule (the list of physical and other projects we will deliver)
The Rating Strategy guides Council in setting rates each financial year. It aims to equitably distribute rates across the municipality, balancing the capacity of residential property owners to pay with the aim of increasing economic activity and employment within Banyule.
There are two key changes within the DRAFT Rating Strategy 2018/19, these are; increased differential rates for vacant lands and consolidation of the municipal charge into the general rate.
Fees & Charges
The DRAFT Fees and Charges Schedule 2018/19 presents the proposed fees and charges for services provided by Council during the financial year 2018/19.
Fees and charges are developed in accordance with the Local Government Act 1989, wider legislative requirements, good practice within the local government context and community consultation.