The $201 million Proposed Budget 2018/19 was adopted at the Ordinary Council Meeting on Monday 23 April 2018.
The Proposed Budget 2018/19 provides $201 million of funding to enable the ongoing delivery of high quality services and the renewal and improvement of community facilities and infrastructure for the benefit of the Whitehorse community.
The net cost of services delivered to the community for the 2018/19 year is expected to be $78.92 million. Refer to section 2 for a list of services, major initiatives and initiatives provided by Council, aligned with its Council Plan strategic directions. These services include home and community care, sustainability, waste and recycling, health and family services, leisure facilities, parks and libraries.
Council will have an operational surplus and maintain a strong liquidity position, while providing funding for legislated requirements and maintaining all services at a level expected by the community.
Please find a copy here of the Proposed Budget 2018/19 (2.82MB)
Hard copies of the Proposed Budget 2018/19 can be viewed at Council’s Customer Service Centres at Nunawading, Box Hill and Forest Hill, and libraries at Nunawading, Box Hill, Blackburn and Vermont South.
The Proposed Budget includes an average rate increase of 2.25% in line with the rate cap set by the Minister for Local Government under the Fair Go Rates System.
This cap is based on the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance’s forecast movement in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the 2018/19 financial year.
This Proposed Budget provides for a $64.20 million Capital Works Program in 2018/19 including $15.62 million to complete the redevelopment of the Harrow Street Box Hill car park, $13.00 million to continue the development of the Nunawading Community Hub, and $3.00 million to progress the redevelopment of the Whitehorse Centre.
The 2018/19 Capital Works Program includes $40.73 million funding for the renewal and upgrade of Council assets to ensure that community facilities and infrastructure are maintained in a sustainable manner. This includes $19.83 million for the renewal and improvement of buildings It also includes $4.57 million for roads, $3.50 million for parks, open space and streetscapes and $2.82 million for footpaths and cycleways.
The Proposed Budget has been carefully prepared, guided by the priorities outlined in key strategic documents including the Council Vision 2013-2023, the current four year Council Plan, and other major plans and strategies. Community consultation is an essential component of the budget process. In late 2016, Council held an extensive Your Say, Whitehorse community consultation campaign to inform the development of the current Council Plan 2017-2021, which drives the focus of activities planned for the 2018/19 year. Other consultations influencing the Proposed Budget include consultations held as part of the development and review of key Council strategies and plans, and a Mayoral Budget Consultation event held in February 2018.
The following budget principles were established to guide the 2018/19 budget process:
Further guidelines were prepared and distributed to all Council officers with budget responsibilities setting out the key budget principles upon which the officers were to prepare their budgets. These principles included:
In preparing this Budget, Council considered a number of external and internal influences. These include:
Council’s long-term planning strategy is aimed at creating a sustainable fiscal environment to enable Council to continue to provide the community with high quality services and infrastructure into the medium and long term. The financial plan is a continuation of Council’s responsible financial program. It is a financial plan aimed at:
Council is inviting residents, businesses and community organisations to make a submission on Council’s Proposed Budget 2018/19.
Written submissions must be lodged by Sunday 27 May 2018. Submissions should be addressed to: Chief Executive Officer, Whitehorse City Council, Locked Bag 2, Nunawading DC Vic 3131 in envelopes marked ‘Budget Submission’. Submissions may also be emailed to; mailto:Annual.Budget@whitehorse.vic.gov.au
Submitters will be identified in a report to Council and this information will become part of the public record. Anyone not wanting to be identified should say so in their submission
People are invited to speak to their submissions at a meeting of the Special Committee of Council to be held on Tuesday 12 June 2018 at 8pm in the Council Chamber, Whitehorse Civic Centre, 379-397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading. Anyone who wishes to speak to their submission should indicate this in their submission
Councillors will consider adoption of the Proposed Budget 2018/19 at the Ordinary Council Meeting on Monday 25 June 2018.
Enquiries should be directed to the Head of Finance and Corporate Performance, Stuart Cann on 9262 6313.
379-397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading, Victoria 3131Australia
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