Finance & Rates

Rates increases have been excessive: about 7% per annum over the last few years. There has been no consultation with our communities over this aspect. Why hasn’t there been broad consultation to look at spending priorities? Surely there are opportunities for efficiencies within the organisation?

The community must be consulted about our budget priorities, not deals done behind closed doors by Councillors promoting their pet projects.

Council have the authority to approve the Council budget and rating strategy. If rate rises are proposed at an unacceptable level then Council should ask the CEO come back with an amended budget that identifies cost efficiencies and suggest re-prioritisation of activities and/or projects. Council then make the decision about the final rate increase figure. I have seen this happen at other councils I work with across the state, so why doesn’t it happen here?

Authorised by Bruce Argyle, 36 Old Fernshaw Road, Healesville 3777