News item release date: Thursday, 26 April 2012
Hobsons Bay City Council has approved the proposed budget for 2012-2013, with highlights including a $22.08 million capital works budget.
Mayor of Hobsons Bay Councillor Tony Briffa said the community was invited to have its say on the proposed budget before it is formally adopted in June.
“Major projects in the 2012-2013 financial year will be: detailed design of the Newport Library, Youth and Senior Citizens Centre; completion of the Laverton Community Hub, Williamstown Library and Williamstown Town Hall redevelopment; further works on the implementation of the future directions plan at Laverton Park; the next stage of the Cherry Lake picnic and play area upgrade and sensory garden installation; further road works at Paisley Park; further implementation of the Altona Foreshore Strategy; Altona Central Sports Precinct Plan; and the continuation of remediation works at Madigan Reserve,” said Cr Briffa.
“The total operating budget of $104.08 million will ensure the Council can continue to provide vital services, including home delivered meals, home and respite care, kindergarten and childcare places, counseling for young people and deliver quality materials through our libraries.
“This budget was developed through a rigorous process of consultation. It is financially responsible and sustainable.”
The Mayor said the average 6.3 per cent rate rise is reflective of the costs of the services the Council provides to the community and, like residents, the Council is also faced with rising costs.
"We aim to keep the rates as low as possible. This rate rise is higher than desired due to significant cost shifting by the state and federal governments, maintenance of assets, waste disposal and collection costs, as well as extra cost demands from the carbon pricing scheme and the 2012 Council elections,” said Cr Briffa.
“We are committed to no new borrowings and this year’s budget reflects this. We also work hard to ensure we service our diverse community, maintain existing levels and renew the city’s infrastructure to achieve a vibrant and sustainable municipality.
“As always, the Council will continue to provide rates assistance for pensioners and low income earners through its pensioner rebates and hardship policy.”
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
Comments on proposals contained in the budget must be received in writing by 5.00pm on Thursday, 31st May.
Submitters can ask to be heard at a Council meeting on Tuesday, 12th 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.
A review of the Council Plan 2009-2013 has also been endorsed. The Council Plan articulates the strategic objectives of the Council. It also sets out actions to achieve the objectives and the indicators and targets used to measure progress. Adjustments have been made to some of these indicators.
Submissions are welcome on the Council Plan 2009-2013 and will also be heard at a Council meeting on 12th June.
It is expected the Council Plan 2009-2013 and the Budget 2012-2013 will be adopted at the Ordinary Council Meeting
on Tuesday, 26th June 2012.