Feedback is invited on Council's draft budget and Council Plan 2021-2031 (Year 2).
The draft Council Plan outlines key priorities and supports the achievement of the Community Vision. It is reviewed annually and highlights specific actions Council will undertake in 2022/23.
The draft budget for 2022/23 aims to provide a high level of works and services to the community, while keeping rates as low as possible.
It will see a continuation of measures to help the community and local businesses recover from the pandemic as well as continued storm recovery and rebuild efforts.
Council rates will align with the state-wide rate cap of 1.75 per cent. Last year, the rate increase was 1.5 per cent, the year before that was 2 per cent.
Council’s Capital Works program headlines the budget with plans to deliver $40.17 million in capital works across the shire—a figure that represents 36 per cent of Council’s total revenue.
This Capital Works program funding will enable the continued construction of the Macedon Ranges Regional Sports Precinct, design and progress construction of the Macedon Ranges Shared Trails Project (Woodend to Riddells Creek), pre-planning studies for the future construction of the Daylesford to Hanging Rock Rail Trail and works to the Woodend Golf Club rooms.
The budget also allows for further work on initiatives such as a Woodend Racecourse Reserve Master Plan, the Gisborne Futures Planning Scheme Amendment, Romsey Structure Plan and an Equestrian Facilities Plan.
In late 2021, Council offered the community an opportunity to contribute to the development of the budget by inviting community proposals to be submitted. Over 40 proposals were received and provided to Councillors for consideration in developing this budget. Councillors have reviewed these proposals, along with officer proposals, to develop a balanced budget for our community.
It is anticipated the final budget and Council Plan will be presented to Council for adoption on Wednesday 22 June 2022.