The document outlines plans to increase general rates by 5.0 per cent in the 2015/16 financial year and this is to be offset by a 2.25% reduction in waste service charges. The changes will increase council revenue by 4.1%, allowing a number of council initiatives to go ahead.
A couple of the key planned projects for Bacchus Marsh in the coming year and their budget allocations are as below:
- Construction of Early Years Hub ($3.650 million)
- Construction of Halletts Way / O’Leary Way from Halletts Way to Stonehill Estate ($3.000 million)
- Darley Civic Hub Sportsground Change Amenity ($0.700 million)
- Detailed Design of active sporting facilities at Bacchus Marsh Racecourse Reserve ($0.300 million)
- Replacement of kerb and channel – William Street, Bacchus Marsh ($0.175 million)
- Halletts Way Shared Path (from Grey Street to Ramsay Crescent) – Upgrade of existing footpath to shared path status ($0.142 million)
- Bacchus Marsh Hall – Internal and external painting of Bacchus Marsh Hall ($0.110 million)
Of course council funds are used for a great many things so it’s well worth reading over next year’s budget to see what projects are planned to go ahead and to submit anything you think has been left out.
It’s important to keep in mind that the Moorabool Shire is a diverse region with many different types of residents, businesses and community groups to consider. To make sure that the council moves towards a future where everyone can be happy and prosper, it’s important that we all have our say on the issues that matter to us and that includes where our local funding goes.
The reason that many local projects get the go-ahead (or possibly get shelved) is because of community demand, so if people don’t speak up and let the council know what they want for the future then it might not happen.
If you’re interested in reading the Proposed 2015/16 Annual Budget you can do so at www.moorabool.vic.gov.au where you can also find out how you can make a budget submission. The deadline for submissions is 5pm, Monday 25 May 2015.
Remember, even if you don’t plan on providing your feedback to the local council, it is well worth reading the current council plans to find out what is in store for the future of our region as it might effect you.