Have your say on how Council guides its Budget
Council invited community members to provide feedback to assist in developing the 2016-17 Budget.
Council is in the process of developing the 2016-17 Budget. The first part in developing the budget is a review of the Strategic Resource Plan, a high-level, four year plan that provides an overview of Council’s proposed key actions. The Strategic Resource Plan is compiled by using a set of principles and assumptions, which are used to calculate key figures in the Budget. In 2015, Council committed to keeping the community involved in the process leading up to the release of the draft Budget in the legislated formal consultation period, in May 2016.
The assumptions that will guide the development of the Strategic Resource Plan for 2016-17 were:
- Rate increase will be 2.5% (in accordance with set rate cap)
- No new staff positions funded by rates
- No reductions to current service levels
- Waste Charge is set at cost recovery
- Council vehicles will be kept for 2 years
- Fees and charges will increase by 2.5%
- Borrowings will be kept to $150,000
Council undertook community focus groups late 2015, and invited community members to view key information from the draft Strategic Resource Plan and provide feedback via an online form or in writing. Responses received were collated and presented to Council for information as it finalised its review of the Strategic Resource Plan.
The draft Golden Plains Shire Council 2016‐17 Budget was published for public comment in May 2016 under the submission process prescribed by legislation (section 223 of the Local Government Act 1989).
- November - December 2015 Community Focus Groups in the North, Centre, and South of the Shire
- End February - Early March 2016 Key documents from the Strategic Resource Plan released for public comment
- March - April 2016 Council to take community feedback into consideration
- May 2016 Draft 2016‐17 Budget to be published for public comment
- Early June 2016 special Council meeting to hear community submissions
- Late June 2016 Council tabled its final 2016‐17 Budget for adoption