Council would be irresponsible to deter tough financial decisions and not move forward with the 2014/2015 budget, according to Moira Shire Mayor Peter Mansfield.June 24, 2014 4:25pm
Cr Mansfield, in summarising the budget, told a packed public gallery on Monday night the budget, with 5.5% general rates increase, was about “putting our house in order which will benefit all ratepayers and residents”.
“We recognise the increases will be a burden for some in our community,” he said.
“They come at the same time as other tiers of government are also tightening funding for programs and services – including those delivered by council.
“Like those other levels of government we also require the community to share the burden.”
Cr Mansfield said the budget also included four constraints on council costs moving forward.
“It caps staff numbers, caps increases in operating costs, does not include further borrowings and is built on a conservative estimate of the grant funding from state and federal governments,” he said.
“Combined, these will improve our financial position that has steadily deteriorated over recent years as a result of rising costs and a succession of natural disasters.”
Cr Mansfield said the budget took a cautious approach to capital works (capital expenditure $10.72 million) because “40% of our current annual budget is consumed by depreciation and costs of maintain our existing roads, buildings and facilities”.
Over the next year, according to Cr Mansfield, Moira Shire Council intends to work with local communities to identify smarter options for delivering services which may involve replacing aging and increasingly expensive buildings and assets with multipurpose facilities.
“This is not an easy budget but it will benefit all residents and ratepayers by ensuring council is in a stronger financial position to cope with future reductions in grant funding and support community projects from our own resources.”
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the northern country, including Shepparton.
The Yarrawonga Chronicle and Travel and Cruise Yarrawonga are offering shoppers a chance to win an incredible cruise package this summer.
Last week Victorian Collections passed a major milestone, with the 50000th historical object record from the state’s heritage collections uploaded to the site.
Hellrazor has crossed first to win the 2014 Barrie Beehag event on Saturday.
Rochester Secondary College student Georgia Mundie will perform at an Equitana exhibition in Melbourne.
Fourteen parties and 37 candidates will contest the Northern Victoria Region for the Victorian upper house at the November 29 election, with the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) claiming the top billing on the ballot paper.
Playgroup of the Month for November.
Andrew Richardson and Matt Jackson have been appointed co-coaches of Finley's senior football side.
Two new Neighbourhood Safer Places for the Pyalong and Tooborac communities have been announced.
Runners from the Sri Chinmoy Peace Oneness-Home Peace Run visit local students to share message of goodwill.
Deniliquin’s Luke Harrington is hoping to start a horse riding club for people with a disability.
South African course builder Brian Lavery, now based in Melbourne, set a testing track for the Hunter Group World Cup Showjumping Qualifier on Saturday that brought some of the sport’s big names undone.
Scott Upston had a decorated career as a paralympic coach before moving to Benalla this year.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.