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 budget this year include the $3.4 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 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 Budget 2013-2014 was formally adopted on Tuesday, 25 June 2012.