Comment on our Proposed Budget 2021–22

Published on 01 April 2021

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Mornington Peninsula Shire is encouraging the community to comment on Council’s Proposed Budget 2021–22 and draft Revenue and Rating Plan. Both documents are on public exhibition from Thursday 1 April 2021 until 5pm Thursday 29 April 2021.
 
The State Government sets out the maximum amount Councils may increase rates in a year. For 2021–22 the rate cap has been set at 1.5 per cent.
 
The Proposed Budget includes changes to some elements of the Rating Strategy, the Vacant Residential Land differential rate is increased from 120 percent to 140 per cent of the General Rate and the Waste Service Charge is increased by $16 to $338.
 
The draft Revenue and Rating Plan is a new requirement under the new Local Government Act.
 
It is a medium-term plan for how Council will generate income to deliver on the Council Plan, programs and services over a four-year period. The Plan defines the revenue and rating ‘envelope’ that Council proposes to operate within.
 
The Proposed 2021–22 Capital Works Budget is $37,628,200. Some big-ticket items include:
 

  • $4.0m: Safer Local Roads works
  • $2.4m: Community Facilities renewal works
  • $1.9m: Footpath renewal program
  • $1.6m: Flinders Civic Hall redevelopment
  • $1.6m: Narambi Reserve Junior Oval
  • $1.1m: Balnarring Recreative Reserve Oval Rehabilitation

 
The Proposed 2021–22 Priority Projects Budget is $8,254,000. Some projects include:
 

  • $700k: Food Organic Collection
  • $252k: Carbon Neutrality
  • $225k: Mornington Peninsula Open Space Strategy
  • $200k: Arts and Culture Plan
  • $175k: Mornington Peninsula Coastal Strategy

 
$10.2m is included in the above Capital Works and Priority Project budgets for COVID-19 recovery actions. To see the full list of projects, see ‘appendix D’ in the Proposed Budget document.
 
To have your say and view the Proposed Budget 2021–22 and draft Revenue and Rating Plan visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/budget
 
For more information about the Budget process please contact Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Finance Team via budget@mornpen.vic.gov.au or phone 1300 850 600.
 
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Are you experiencing financial difficulty? You may be eligible for our Hardship Policy
 
Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Hardship Policy is still available for individual and businesses experiencing financial hardship during the Coronavirus pandemic.
 
The Shire offers flexible payment arrangements to assist with paying rates such as a weekly, fortnightly or monthly payment arrangement and other flexible ways to pay such as Centrepay deductions, direct debit etc.
 
If you are unable to pay your rates by the due dates, even with a payment arrangement, we can discuss our hardship application process by contacting us via debtcollect@mornpen.vic.gov.au.
 
Who can I speak to about the Hardship Policy to see if I’m eligible?
To speak about the Hardship Policy and to see if you’re eligible, you can chat to the Shire’s Revenue team on 5950 1080. 
 
What type of financial relief will the Shire offer?
Some types of financial relief we can offer as part of the Hardship Policy include flexible payment arrangements, deferral of rates and charges and waiving of interest.
 
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Quotes attributable to Mayor Councillor Despi O’Connor:
 
“We’ve worked with the local community to develop the Proposed Budget 2021–22 and now encourage your comment on the draft document, together with our draft Revenue and Rating Plan.”
 
“When developing the Proposed Budget, we listened to your feedback to fund the projects, initiatives and services that meet your needs and expectations.”
 
“Of course, while we look to the future during this Budget process, we are also focusing intently on community recovery from COVID-19, which has had challenging health, economic and social impacts on our community. The Shire continues to put measures in place to support our recovery.”
 
“I strongly encourage community members and business owners to contact us if you have experienced financial difficulties during these unprecedented times. Our Hardship Policy is still available for those in need. Our Revenue Team is available to discuss your situation and determine if you’re eligible to receive hardship support.”
 
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PUBLIC NOTICE
 
Notice is given pursuant to section 96(2) of the Local Government Act 2020 and section 223 of the Local Government Act 1989 that the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council (‘Council’) has prepared a Proposed Budget for the 2021-22 financial year.
 
The 2021-22 Proposed Budget and Draft Revenue and Rating Plan are available to view on Council’s website (mornpen.vic.gov.au). These documents are on exhibition until Thursday, 29 April 2021.
 
Any person may make a written submission on the Budget and Revenue and Rating Plan. All submissions received on or before 5pm Thursday, 29 April 2021 will be considered by Council in accordance with section 223 of the Local Government Act 1989
 
If a person wishes to be heard in support of their written submission they must include the request in their submission and this will entitle them, or a person acting on their behalf, to appear in person before a meeting of the Section 223 Submission Committee of Council (‘Committee’), scheduled to be held on Wednesday, 12 May 2021 commencing at 5.30pm, at the Peninsula Community Theatre, 91 Wilsons Rd, Mornington.
 
Written submissions should be submitted online through the Shire’s website: mornpen.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay
 
Submissions received, including the name of the submitter, may be published on Council’s website and may form part of the public record of relevant Council and Committee meetings. Personal information including phone numbers, email and street addresses will not be disclosed. Any offensive, defamatory or third-party personal information will not be published. You may access personal information you have provided to the Shire at any time and make corrections. Our Privacy Policy can be found at mornpen.vic.gov.au/privacystatement.
 
If you have any concerns about the use and disclosure of your personal information please contact the Shire’s Privacy officer at privacy@mornpen.vic.gov.au

 

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