Council adopts 2022-23 Budget and updates Rating Revenue Plan

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At this week’s Ordinary Council Meeting (28/06) the 2022-23 Annual Budget and an update to the 2021-2025 Rating and Revenue Plan were adopted.

The proposed 2022-23 Budget was adopted by Council on 26 April 2022, with the feedback period closing on 20 May 2022. Council presented one online session which had 684 views, and one in person session (no attendees). A total of nine submissions were received.

The 2022/23 Council Budget includes a Capital Works budget in excess of $18 million (including more than $10 million in grant funding), a rate rise of 1.75% in line with the Victorian Government determined rate cap and a 5.5% increase to waste charges to meet the increasing costs of managing waste.

Central Goldfields Shire Mayor Cr Chris Meddows-Taylor said this was an exciting Budget with a number of major projects to be delivered as part of the Capital Works Program.

“Advocating and lobbying for funding is a major responsibility of Council and it is incredible to see we have been successful in attracting over $10 million in grant funding.

“Thank you to everyone who took the time to read the Proposed Budget and provide input.”

Property valuations across the shire increased by 39% overall, increasing from $2.55b to $3.55b year on year, with the number of properties also increasing by 62 properties. Most of the increase was in the Vacant Land category due to subdivisions.

This has resulted in the need to amend the Rating and Revenue Plan as there are considerations that arise from the increase in valuations:

  • Avoiding rate shock of an increase greater than 10% to any differential category,
  • Keeping Vacant Land at a greater rate than Residential Rating Category to encourage development of vacant land.

Council resolved to retain the Vacant Land differential at 150%.

“While the rate increase appears high for Vacant Land, the impact on the average property is not. This is due to the increase in the number of properties in this classification due to subdivisions,” Mayor Cr Chris Meddows-Taylor said.

Budget highlights:

  • Upgrades to the Maryborough Outdoor Pool $1.8 Million (carry forward from 2021/22 year)
  • Completion of the Central Goldfields Art Gallery redevelopment $800k (works underway)
  • Construction of the Skate Park in Maryborough $538k (carry forward from 2021/22 year)
  • Completion of the Carisbrook Recreation Reserve $2.3 million (works underway)
  • Goldfields Reservoir Dam Stabilisation $700k
  • Carisbrook Levee Stage 4 $1.22m
  • Road renewal and reseals projects $3.3 million
  • Carisbrook Transfer Station upgrades $300k
  • Maryborough Town Hall upgrade works $220k

Other key projects to be undertaken in 2022/23 include:

  • Review of heritage controls in Maryborough
  • Next stage in the activation of the Maryborough Railway Station
  • Irrigation works at Phillips Gardens
  • Delivery of the Talbot Futures project

Grant funded projects that will continue in 2022/23 include:

  • Go Goldfields
  • TAC driving program
  • Engage Youth program
  • Freeza program L2P program

To view the Budget, visit: www.centralgoldfields.vic.gov.au/Council/Policies-Plans-Strategies-and-Documents/Council-Documents

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