Zero per cent rate rise planned in draft budget

Published on 25 June 2020

Melton City Council has planned a zero per cent rate rise in its 2020/21 Draft Budget in response to the hardship experienced by residents during the COVID-19 crisis.

The zero per cent rate rise was revealed earlier this week when Council endorsed the draft budget.

Adding to the highlights of the draft budget is a plan for a capital works program worth $105.6 million. It would deliver an exciting and diverse mix of buildings ($44.6 million), leisure and community facilities ($18.5 million), road upgrades ($31.9 million), footpaths and cycle-ways ($1.3 million), library books ($518,000), public art ($200,000), and more for the City’s growing community.

Some highlights include:

  • construction of Eynesbury Station Early Learning Centre;
  • extension of the Caroline Springs Community Facility;
  • construction of Boundary Road from Mount Cottrell Road to Outer Metropolitan Ring Road;
  • extension of Taylors Hill Youth and Community Centre;
  • continued works to develop the Cobblebank Indoor Stadium;
  • Installation of traffic lights at a number of major intersections;
  • and expansion of the Melton Recycling Facility.

City of Melton Mayor Cr Lara Carli said Council was committed to delivering a budget that would continue to meet residents’ changing needs.

“We always strive to do what’s best for our community and this year that meant taking into account the hardship many residents have experienced as a result of the COVID-19 crisis,” Cr Carli said.

“I’m really proud that we’ve been able to plan so many high quality services and facilities while also minimising the cost to ratepayers. A zero per cent rate rise will make a considerable difference to our residents.

“I’d encourage everyone to take a look at the draft budget and share your views with us to ensure the final budget meets the needs of our community now and into the future.”

Council’s 2020/21 Draft Budget is open for community feedback until 5pm on Wednesday 22 July.

To view the budget and have your say, visit melton.vic.gov.au/draftbudget or contact Customer Service to make an appointment to view display copies at the Civic Centre or libraries.

Submissions will be considered at a Section 223 Committee meeting at 7pm on Thursday, 6 August via videoconference.

Council will consider adopting the 2020/21 Budget at a livestreamed meeting on Monday 31 August. 

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