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Budget portal opens soon, and we'd like your ideas!

Date: 
Friday, 15 November, 2019 - 12:00
Category: 
Finance

Eight weeks to submit ideas for Council's next budget

Our Have Your Say web portal will open on Tuesday, 19 November 2019 to accept suggestions from the community about how next year’s Budget should be spent.

Mayor Cr Marg Attley said residents and ratepayers have until 10 January 2020 to submit their ideas either through the web portal, in writing, via email or at Drop In sessions at the Library planned for December.  Dates and times for Drop In sessions will be:

  • Wednesday, 4 December, 10.30am – 12.30pm
  • Friday, 6 December, 9.00am – 11.00am
  • Monday, 9 December, 5.00pm – 7.00pm 
  • Thursday 12 December, 12.00noon – 2.00pm

“We’re really excited to extend the consultation period for the Budget. This is the first of two opportunities to be involved. If you have an idea and it aligns with the Council Plan and has community benefit, we encourage you to put it forward,” Cr Attley said.

“We heard from the community that we need to listen to them more and after receiving 230 submissions on our Draft Budget this year, we decided to start the process early for next year.

“We got some wonderful input through our stand at the Bushmarket; everything from new footpaths to a year-round heated aquatic centre”.

Cr Attley said Council considers all requests for inclusion in its annual Budget by reviewing the proposals:

  • Purpose, including community benefit, general efficiency, legislative requirements, cost savings and/or revenue generation.
  • Strategic fit; which of the Council Plan’s strategic objectives or goals does the project address?
  • The cost over the life of the project.
  • Operational impact. How will this impact council’s current capacity to staff / supply / manage the project or service?

“We have requirements to spend our funds on what you might call ‘business as usual’ to deliver our core services, required asset expenditure and then discretionary items. This third component is where community projects might be included,” she said.

After submissions close on 10 January 2020, Council staff will consider all the suggestions and incorporate those that meet the criteria and can be funded into the draft Budget for discussion by Council on 14 April 2020. When the Draft 2020 - 2021 Budget is adopted, the community will then have a second opportunity to comment in April and May.

For more information about how to put your idea forward, please contact Council on 5775 8555 or go to the Have Your Say page on Council’s website next Tuesday.

 

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Last Updated: Friday, 15 November, 2019 - 12:05