report from the roundtable – 25 jun
At this week’s council meeting we had to consider the
adoption of the budget for 2013/14. The
budget was adopted unanimously by council (note Cr Cox and McAllister were
In speaking in consideration of the motion I talked
about some councillors who were elected on a platform of no rate or low rate
rises. This budget, at a rate increase of 4.8%, has not been able to realise that
outcome nor the same level of rate rise as last year’s budget of 4.2%.
However I believe that is recognition by councillors
of significant cost pressures we are facing and the continued cost shifting by
state government to local government.
As part of our budget deliberations we still need to
take into account the capping of many of our fees and charges by state
government meaning that we can’t recover the cost for the services we provide.
We continue to see an erosion of funding for specific purpose grants, so the
money received doesn’t keep pace with the cost to provide the service,
libraries and school crossing supervisors are two examples that spring to mind.
All of this is also framed by being the collection
agent for the Landfill Levy which we still don’t see applied to local
initiatives to reduce waste and work toward zero waste goals. And this time
round we will also be the collection agent for the Fire Services Levy and I
have no doubt we will be in the firing line over this even though it is a state
government levy and they should be the ones collecting it.
I’m pleased to report that Lyster Ward initiatives endorsed
as part of our capital program for 2013/14 include:
$60,000 Drainage works on Blair Rd, Belgrave
$25,000 Bus Stop works Belgrave Hallam Rd,
$20,000 Footpath construction works, Station St,
$50,000 Construction of View Rd, Belgrave (as
part of a special charge scheme)
of the shared trail from Lysterfield to Belgrave
work on the Feasibility study for the Belgrave Hub
construction works, Kallista-Emerald Rd, The Patch
This is along with the projects outlined in my blog
story when the budget went on exhibition. You can read more about them here.
Labels: 2013/2014, budget, cr samantha dunn, yarra ranges council