Bass Coast,

Council To Consider Rating Strategy And Financial Plan

After releasing a Rating Strategy Discussion Paper and Draft Long Term Financial Plan, Securing Bass Coast’s Future, for community consultation on 11 March, Bass Coast Shire Council will be considering the adoption of both at its Council Meeting on 15 April 2015.

Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said Council released the documents for consultation which included:

  • Direct mail to key stakeholders and interested parties.

  • Information material made available for ratepayers online and at Council’s service centres

  • Various media releases

  • Information material made available at community events

  • Information material provided to Councillors for their distribution

  • Public advertisements

  • Community consultation sessions at both Cowes and Wonthaggi

  • An opportunity for persons who made submissions to present same to a separate meeting of Councillors.

“We were pleased to receive in excess of 30 submissions in total and we thank those people for their contribution,” Cr Brown said.

“Council will consider all submissions when considering the reports on the Rating Strategy and Long Term Financial Plan.

Securing Bass Coast’s Future, our long term financial plan, to be considered by Council has been updated to reflect feedback and updated financial projections for year 1 of the plan being 2015/16,” explained Cr Brown.

Cr Brown said in short, 2015/16 operational costs are expected to be lower than first indicated with an increase of just 1.6 per cent from the previous year.

“This has been achieved through organisational efficiencies and an organisational realignment,” Cr Brown said.

“Over the life of the plan, this equates to $26 million in savings compared to the 2014/15 Budget and Strategic Resource Plan.

“In regards to the Rating Strategy, Council will consider feedback received on the options presented in the discussion paper. The rating strategy will help decide how the cost of rates is shared by different property types.”

The Council Meeting will be held at the Cowes Cultural Centre, 92-97 Thompson Avenue, Cowes on 15 April commencing at 5.00pm.