The budget outlines the Council's spending over the next financial year detailing spending on major capital works projects.
Hobsons Bay City Council has approved the proposed budget for 2013-2014, with highlights including an allocation of almost $22 million for capital works.
The total operating budget of $109.05 million would ensure the Hobsons Bay community would continue to have access to high quality services.
Highlights of the draft budget this year include the $3.8 million Newport Gardens Early Years Centre; planning for the Newport Library, Youth and Senior Citizens Centre upgrade; refurbishing the Williamstown Town Hall; continuing to operate the Laverton Community Hub; implementing the $710,000 water secutiry plan; providing 43.8 million in local road network upgrades; and $2.6 million of improvements to parks, recreation and culture.
The community is now invited to have its say on the draft budget before it is formally adopted in June.
The draft budget delivers on the visions set out in the Community Health and Wellbeing Plan and Council Plan 2013-2017, which has been developed following the most extensive community consultation the Council has ever done.
The 5 per cent rate increase is reflective of the costs of Council services, as well as rising expenses, such as the increase in landfill levy and funding of the defined benefits superannuation scheme.
As always, the Council will provide rates assistance for pensioners and low income earners through its hardship policy and will this year increase the rebate offered.”
The proposed budget is available for inspection at the Hobsons Bay Civic Centre, all Hobsons Bay library branches and online at www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay
Comments on proposals contained in the budget must be received in writing by 5.00pm on Wednesday, 5th June. Submitters can ask to be heard at a Council meeting on Tuesday, 11th June. Those wishing to speak must indicate they would like to do so in their written submission. Submissions can be mailed to Mr Glenn O’Sullivan, Director Business and Finance, Hobsons Bay City Council, PO Box 21, Altona 3018.
It is expected the final Budget 2013-2014 will be adopted on Tuesday, 25th June 2012.