Bass Coast,
08
January
2016
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05:37
Australia/Melbourne

Join the conversation on rate capping

Bass Coast Shire Council is inviting the community to take part in a discussion on how Council’s financial plan and the Fair Go Rates framework will work together for the benefit of our community.

Community participation will help inform and influence the 2016-17 Annual Budget, as well as enable people to join the conversation on rate capping and its potential impact on services, capital projects and Council’s overall financial position.

The Long Term Financial Plan, developed in April 2015 has now been updated to reflect our current financial position. It still retains the objectives and aspirations from the original Plan; in particular, a focus on operating efficiently, containing operational spending, renewing assets, providing new facilities and continuing to be a low-rating Council

The State Government has introduced rate capping for the 2016-17 financial year. The Minister for Local Government, Natalie Hutchins MP, recently announced the cap will be linked to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) at 2.5 per cent in 2016-17 and the potential for reduced caps in following years.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Jordan Crugnale, said the legislation also provides for a process to seek a variation where there is a need for additional rate income to deliver on community expectations.

“Regardless of whether Council pursues the option of a variation to the cap, there is a need to have a meaningful discussion concerning the impacts the rate cap model may have on services, capital projects and Council’s overall financial position,” Cr Crugnale said.

“This process, however, is not only about potential constraints and sercie cuts, but also about finding creative solution thinking and solving.

“We need creative, lateral minds in our Shire to think about alternative revenue streams we can also enthusiastically explore.

“I would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to participate in the discussion and be a part of this conversation.”

You can attend one of the workshops listed below or alternatively by personal appointment with a senior member of Council staff.

Thursday, 28 January – Old Post Office Meeting Room, Watt Street, Wonthaggi

  • Workshop 1 – 2.00pm to 4.30pm

  • Workshop 2 – 6.00pm to 8.30pm

Tuesday, 2 February – Heritage Centre, Thompson Avenue, Cowes

  • Workshop 3 - 2.00pm to 4.30pm

  • Workshop 4 - 6.00pm to 8.30pm

To RSVP for a workshop or to organise an appointment, please contact Simone Short, Media Communications Officer on (03) 5671 2703 or email communications@basscoast.vic.gov.au.

For more information on the LTFP, rate capping and alternative ways you can provide feedback, visit www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/ratecap or contact Council on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.