Discuss Draft 2021-22 Budget With Your Councillors
Thursday, 29 April, 2021 - 16:30
Starting next week, Mansfield Shire Council will hold seven community information sessions where ratepayers can discuss the draft 2021-22 Budget with Councillors.
Mansfield Mayor, Cr Mark Holcombe said the draft Budget outlines a 0% increase, a $2.6m investment in the Heavy Vehicle Bypass and $2.2m on roads, among other key items.
“We encourage the community to attend one of these sessions so they can hear about what’s been factored into the draft Budget and we can explain the 0% rate rise and answer their questions,” Cr Holcombe said.
“Council has been listening to the community and spent considerable time sifting through the previous budget, understanding Council’s services and cost structures and seeking to eliminate unnecessary spending wherever possible. These sessions give us an opportunity to listen some more and will be held before submissions on the draft Budget close on 18 May,” he said.
Cr Holcombe said the sessions will also cover the proposed Revenue and Rating Plan 2021-25 and any current issues community members wish to raise.
The first Budget community information session will be held in Jamieson on Tuesday, 4 May in the Jamieson Memorial Hall, Perkins Street. The next day a session will be held in at the Box Hill Town Hall, 1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill for non-resident ratepayers.
On Thursday, 6 May a session will be held in the Council Chambers in Mansfield.
The following week, the Bonnie Doon Recreation Reserve Hall in Davon Street is the venue on Monday, 10 May and the Tolmie Hall in Old Tolmie Road on Tuesday, 11 May.
The final two sessions will be held in Merrijig at the Public Hall on Wednesday, 12 May and Goughs Bay CFA Shed on Thursday, 13 May.
“In addition to the information sessions, people can join the online conversation or make written submissions on Council’s website until 5pm, 18 May 2021. All aspects of the draft Budget are explained in more detail on the website with Fact Sheets for individual topics,” Cr Holcombe said.
Council will consider all feedback before presenting the final Budget 2021-22 at the June Council meeting.