Bass Coast,
19
March
2015
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23:52
Australia/Melbourne

Rates - What Will You Contribute?

Bass Coast Shire Council’s rating strategy will decide the proportion each property type contributes to the overall cost of rates.

Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said it was important that individuals have their say on the rating strategy, even if it’s not something they would usually be interested in.

“The rating strategy decides the percentage each property type, such as farming, residential and commercial will contribute to the overall cost of rates,” Cr Brown said.

“We’ve created five options for feedback. Different property types will pay more and less under each option so it’s really important that all ratepayers take an interest in the options available and how much more or less they could potentially pay under each option.

“You can give your feedback online, via mail, email or at the consultation sessions we’re holding in Cowes and Wonthaggi.”

The other document Council is seeking feedback on is Securing Bass Coast’s Future, its long term financial plan.

“This plan will help Council make, and understand the impact of, financial decisions – now and into the future,” Cr Brown said.

“To achieve financial sustainability we are considering capping operational costs at 3.5%, increasing spending on facilities and assets, and only borrowing to help fund new major assets such as cultural centres and aquatic facilities.”

The consultation sessions will be held at the Old Wonthaggi Post Office, corner of McBride Avenue and Watt Street on 25 March and the Cowes Cultural Centre, 92-97 Thompson Avenue, Cowes. Both sessions will run from 4.00pm to 7.00pm. More information and the full documents are available from www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/ratestrategy.