Have you got a question about the Draft Budget?

about 3 years ago
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Have you got a question about the Draft Budget?

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  • julia about 3 years ago
    Hi. Thankyou for your replies. Your costs to put a road underpass at Evans and Glasscocks where they cross the rail line appear high. Has Casey collected enough developer funds to construct Glasscocks under the rail line, and will this expense see the project ( Glasscocks) deferred indefinately. If not where will the money be sourced to complete Glasscocks from Lyndhurst through to Sth Gippland Hwy. thanking you kindly. Julia.
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    • Admin Commented Casey Administrator about 3 years ago
      Hi JuliaThe costs indicated for the grade separations are based on Council’s understanding of actual delivery costs for similar projects. The project estimates are also on the assumption that only the first carriageway of the future arterial connection would be delivered in the first stage.By example, the current State Government Thompsons Road Level Crossing Removal project which includes part duplication of Thompsons Road, has been announced by the State Government with a budget allocation of $79.4 million.The grade separated crossing of the Cranbourne railway line at either the existing Evans Road crossing or the future Glasscocks Road crossings are beyond the capacity of Council to fund. Neither project has been identified in any Developer Contributions Plans for the area as the Development Plans applicable at the time envisaged at-grade level crossings. State Policy has since changed requiring any new or upgraded crossings to be grade separated.Both roads are important future arterial links and will need to be funded by the State Government as part of the upgrading of the arterial road network servicing the Casey – Cardinia Growth Corridor.
  • JohnFourOaksWard about 3 years ago
    How Casey can save over $300,000 a year in efficiencies from spending on media propaganda.Casey should abolish the CityNews and cut its spending on media advertising to make savings.Ratepayers can be communicated with on line.(1)Why hasn't Casey moved to online communications with residents and ratepayers instead of wasting our money on self-promotion?(2) Why hasn't the Casey CEO held public meetings with residents instead of spending money on consultants to do his job?
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    • Admin Commented Casey Administrator about 3 years ago
      Hi John, we assure you Council is investing in online communications. That’s why we’re in the process of redeveloping our website and offer Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram as a means to communicate digitally with residents. Given the diversity of Casey’s community, residents want choice and flexibility in how to access Council information. This means it’s not realistic to disregard Council’s media and printed communications materials as you’ve suggested as some residents prefer to receive Citynews over social media. It’s difficult to respond to your second question as it’s unclear what public meetings and consultants you’re referring to. Thank you for your questions.
  • julia about 3 years ago
    Hi. May I ask if money budgetted for parks in Lynbrook. Namely replacement of seats, and beautification works? Thankyou.
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    • Admin Commented Casey Administrator about 3 years ago
      Hi Julia, a new local level playground will be installed at Elliot/Kingsfield Reserve, Aylmer Road and Lynbrook.
  • julia about 3 years ago
    hi. Has a planning application been submitted for stage 3 of the cranbourne shoping centre, including a cinema? oh fully support Casey council's graffiti abatement strategy.
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    • Admin Commented Casey Administrator about 3 years ago
      Hi Julia, we followed up with our Planning Department and was advised that a planning application for stage 3 of the Cranbourne Shopping Centre has not been submitted to Council. Thanks
  • futuristicrabbit about 3 years ago
    Hi,I have looked through the draft report, and as far as I can tell, Casey has not included the information required under reg. 10.2(n) of the Local Government (Planning and Reporting) Regulations 2014. It reads: "the percentage change for each type of service rate or charge compared with the previous financial year". Can you please add this information (or, if I'm wrong, point it out to me)?Also:-On page 33, what do the entries such as "Berwick Village H3" and "Berwick Village L2" mean?-On page 40, what is the "ID Sign Program"?-On page 37, what software is being purchased for "Business process software purchases"?Thanks for helping!
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    • Admin Commented Casey Administrator about 3 years ago
      HelloUnfortunately this information had dropped off the display version due to the additional column included for the 2 possible scenarios for the 2016/2017 Budget (pending the ESC decision at the time). This will be updated for the final adopted budget. These charges generally changed by 1.6 to 2.5%, with one decreasing by 5.3% (H3).Page 33 - These are service charges for the disposal of waste by businesses in Berwick Village, which is administered and delivered by Council. The H (High),M (Medium) and L (Low), and 1,2 and 3 relate to different categories (ie restaurant, office, retail) and size of the business, and are used to distribute the costs of this service equitably to the users of the service. The businesses are reviewed each year and charges are calculated based on full cost recovery for the service provided.Page 40 - The program funds the replacement and installation of new signage within parks across Casey.Page 37 - Casey will be undertaking market testing to procure a business process management software tool to support the development of more efficient and effective processes aimed at delivering a better customer experience and increasing productivity. This will support the Lean business improvement methodology that is being introduced to the organisation.
  • julia about 3 years ago
    Can council say why it will not release a copy of the budget in full, so it can be viewed by ratepayers, media, general community.
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    • Admin Commented Casey Administrator about 3 years ago
      Hi Julia, Council publicly released its budget and other budget information on Council’s website which features a significant level of detail, with numerous major item lines for the public to view where Council is spending ratepayers’ money, this is in accordance with its statutory requirements. Council is also responsive to any further information requests received. Council prides itself on transparency and good governance as set out in its publicly available Governance Charter.
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      • julia about 3 years ago
        May i ask why all 5000 plus line items are released? Thankyou kindly. Julia.
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        • julia about 3 years ago
          Are not released that should say. Thanks
  • julia about 3 years ago
    hi. I have read 2 differing figures from Casey about the raterise. Will it be 16 or 53 dollars on average? thankyou. Julia
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    • Admin Commented Casey Administrator about 3 years ago
      Hi Julia, the $53 average household increase mentioned was based on a 3.47% general rate increase, which included a $14 average household impact for the 0.97% rate cap variation that Council had applied for. As a result of the recent ESC decision on Council’s 2016/17 Rate Cap Variation Application, the general rate increase will be 2.5%, and the average household increase for rate and charges will be $39.
  • julia about 3 years ago
    Hi. May i request how much Casey is budgetting for functions. thankyou.
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    • Admin Commented Casey Administrator about 3 years ago
      Hi Julia, there is a budget of $129,000 allowed for functions for the 2016/2017 financial year. These functions are governed by Council’s Civic Functions Policy, that is available on Council’s website.
  • JohnFourOaksWard about 3 years ago
    Casey Administrator,(1)Casey's Budget plan for 2016/17 was not fully transparent as not all proposed spending was revealed due to "commercial in confidence" or in camera decisions.(2) Casey's rate variation application was not supported by ratepayers and evidence(3) Neither was its decision to reward senior administrators with a $250,000 paymentfor writing a failed application to the ESC.(4) Mayor Sam Aziz has now threatened ratepayers with a double digit rates rise because we supported rate capping.He is also spending rates money on propaganda.Casey is treating its ratepayers as objects for financial exploitation.While council maybe working within the law,it is not working within the expectations of the municipality!
  • JohnFourOaksWard about 3 years ago
    Inter Growth Fund and Budget surplus.1. The ESC rejection's of Casey's application for a rate cap variation saidCasey failed to include the $2.5 m from the I.G.F. in its capital works statement.Why not?2. The ESC also noted that Casey's 11% surplus/budget ratio is too high.The Commission was informed by Deloitte Access Economics that councils only need a surplus/budget ratio of 5% to offset uncertainty in future.That a higher ongoing surplusmeans councils are overcharging ratepayers for its services.Will Casey now compensate ratepayers for overcharging us?
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    • Admin Commented Casey Administrator about 3 years ago
      Dear John, 1. There was a timing issue here. The Capital Works Statement was considered by Council on 15 March 2016, which was used for the preparation of the application to the ESC, whilst the IGF announcement was on 21 March 2016. The capital statement in the draft budget that is on display has been updated for the IGF funding.2. An earlier response has been provided to similar question, that was in dollar terms, rather than percentage. The 11% figure quoted by the ESC, included Developer Contribution income of $15 million, that should have been excluded. This reduces the ratio to around 6.6%, which is close to the 5% target range that was developed after the ESC had received the application submissions. As noted in the earlier response, this accrual accounting surplus is required to fund Council’s capital works program, which has rates funding greater than depreciation (which the target of 5% is predicated upon). Council only raises the rates it requires each year, within the rounding of 0.01% of rates income.
  • julia about 3 years ago
    Hi. What is the wages bill at Casey, and how many staff is directly and indirectly employed at Casey, and what percentage of the 125 million budgetted for Bunji place is for council offices etc. thankyou
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    • Admin Commented Casey Administrator about 3 years ago
      Hi Julia, Council’s employee cost budget for 2016/17 is $102.0M. This is based on 1,400 individual employees.
  • JohnFourOaksWard about 3 years ago
    In relation to my last question, I believe Casey is in breach of the 1989 Local Government which requires efficient use of resources and transparency. Spending $250,000 on an application to the ESC is not efficient and hiding the identies of the staff paid this money is about opacity, not transparency.
  • JohnFourOaksWard about 3 years ago
    It is disappointing that the The Casey Administrator cannot see the wood for the trees.There is prima facie evidence Casey council has been incompetent with ratepayers money. Do you think Cr Aziz and Casey council should spend $250k on a rates variation application report when other councils spent between $10,000 and $40,000 for the same application?Please name the people who were paid this money and how much each person received? Or is this another "commercial in confidence" decision?
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    • Admin Commented Casey Administrator about 3 years ago
      Hi John, the value of Council’s application to the Essential Services Commission for a rate cap variation is estimated at $250,000 which comprises of the considerable time and effort that many Council officers spent coordinating the specific consultation required to be undertaken with the community, preparing the rate cap application (including the ESC mandated templates), and the consultant’s fees for developing, hosting and reporting upon two full days of consultation on behalf of Council, held in October and December. These costs were already incorporated in Council’s 2015-16 Resource Plans and Council had always planned to undertake significant community consultation leading up to the development of its 2016-17 budget. It would be inappropriate for Council to disclose the names and salaries of those staff which worked on the variation application.
  • julia about 3 years ago
    Hello , could you detail funds, if any for District level sports ground Lyndhurst ( north of Glasscocks rd) and the 10 ha district level spirts ground Lyndhurst ( sth of Glasscocks rd). Also for a Lyndhurst community centre. Thankyou. Julia
  • julia about 3 years ago
    Hi. Has Casey budgetted to finish Glasscocks road? thankyou.
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    • Admin Commented Casey Administrator about 3 years ago
      Hi Julia thanks for your comments.A report setting out a project plan for the staged delivery of the various missing sections of Glasscocks Road was considered by Council at its meeting of the 1 December 2015 under Agenda Item 6.14. The report is available on Casey’s website. Council endorsed the project plan and the commencement of detailed planning for the delivery of the section of Glasscocks Road between South Gippsland Highway and Narre Warren - Cranbourne Road with the objective of achieving the new connection in a three to five year time frame subject to consideration of funding through Council’s normal Capital Works Program processes.
  • julia about 3 years ago
    Hi.how much money is allocated for a road underpass at Alymer road Lynbrook, at the rail line, and would it be sensible to divert these funds to provide for a road underpass at Evans road at the rail line crossing, or to help complete Glasscocks road? thankyou
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    • Admin Commented Casey Administrator about 3 years ago
      Hi Julia thanks for your comments.Aylmer Road was originally planned to be connected across the Cranbourne Railway line as an at-grade crossing. Changes in State Government requirements has meant that any future connection will need to be grade separated, with investigations undertaken by the State Government showing a road under solution is feasible.Council has strongly advocated for the State Government to commit funding to allow the connection to be completed. Past estimates (2010 costing) have suggested the grade separation would cost in the order of $8million to $10million and Council is on record as being prepared to contribute the equivalent cost of an at grade crossing, estimated at the time as being $1.6million.As the State Government has not committed to a grade separation, the Council contribution is not listed in Council’s budget. Council’s offer of $1.6million would not deliver grade separated crossings at either the existing Evans Road crossing or the future connection of Glasscocks Road across the railway; both projects likely to cost many 10’s of millions.
  • julia about 3 years ago
    Hi. approx 10 years ago money ( 70K) was in the Casey budget to remove the power poles in High st Cranbourne, to put them underground. What has happened to plans to remove these power poles, and put them underground? How much money is now allocated for this inthe current budget? thankyou
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    • Admin Commented Casey Administrator about 3 years ago
      Hi Julia thanks for your comments.Budget for the removal of the power lines in Cranbourne had been set aside in Council’s Capital Works Program, some time ago. This was predicated on receiving funding from the State Government’s Powerline Relocation Scheme. The Scheme no longer exists and therefore this specific project was subsequently removed from the budget. There are no funds allocated in the 2016-17 budget for powerline relocation along High Street, Cranbourne.
  • julia about 3 years ago
    Hi. How much does it cost anually for the council to print and distribute City News? thankyou
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    • Admin Commented Casey Administrator about 3 years ago
      Hi Julia, costs for Citynews comprise $30,000 for print and $50,000 for distribution per edition, which equates to just 80 cents per household each edition. Council is committed to keeping residents informed of Council news, services, events and projects and Citynews is a vital communications channel. To keep costs down, Council in recent years has reduced its frequency to three editions per year.
  • JohnFourOaksWard about 3 years ago
    To the Casey Administrator,The key criteria for assessing a Budget/Financial statement for Casey ratepayersappears to be OPACITY. Ratepayers are stakeholders in Casey council and councilorsare accountable to their community.You are not being transparent or accountable when you state "consultants fees are commercial in confidence".Moreover,in relation to my query about the number of ratepayers who have defaulted on their rates you state" This query is not able to be released publicly". Doesn't this mean that some of Casey's spending programs have been hidden from public view behind "commercial in confidence" and secrecy statements?
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    • Admin Commented Casey Administrator about 3 years ago
      Hi John, it’s disappointing you’ve drawn that conclusion from these two isolated examples, which are grounds for consideration in Closed Council under the Local Government Act. On the contrary, our budget features a significant level of detail, in accordance with its statutory requirements, over numerous major item lines for the public to view where Council is spending ratepayers’ money. Council prides itself on transparency and good governance as set out in its publicly available Governance Charter.
  • JohnFourOaksWard about 3 years ago
    In today's Berwick News,9 June,Mayor Sam Aziz has taken out a full page advertisment in reply to the ESC's rejection of council's rate variation application.He has also used this advertisment to reply to letter writers.1.Who has paid for this advertisment and what was its cost to Casey ratepayers?2.How much money,in total, have ratepayers been billed this financial year for council'sadvertisments in the local community press?
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    • Admin Commented Casey Administrator about 3 years ago
      Hi John, Council allocates approximately $65,000 annually for regular advertorials in the Star Newspapers to keep residents informed of Council news, services, events and projects. This week’s advertorial is dedicated to communicating the implications of Council not receiving a variation and features an open letter from the Mayor. The costs are attributed to the annual allocation referenced above.
  • Topa_2002 about 3 years ago
    Dear Council officers,1. I note one of the key directions of the council is to enhance the health and wellbeing of residents. Considering the council is expecting a growth of 120 people per week (or appox 6300 people per year), there will be a increase in demand from hospital services, which will require additional fundings. 1. (A). Has the council allocated any funding towards any hospitals in FY17 budget?1. (B). If yes, how much $ and what's is percentage of total expenses budgeted?1. (C). What are the initiates?Q 2. With increase funding pressure, council has still allocated funds for graffiti clean ups using rate payers money.2. (A). What's the total cost budgeted for Graffiti clean ups? (Including council staff cost)2.(B). What actions council has taken to reduce this cost year on year?2. (C). What are the key graffit affected areas in Casey?Thank youTT
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    • PDP11 about 3 years ago
      Casey Council is not responsible for building or operating hospitals. I believe councils are responsible for Maternal Health Centres & Kinders, and they can have a role in advocating for improved levels of hospital services for the Casey Community. My take on your questions would be:1 (A-0) Has the Council investigated or assessed the number, types or capacity of hospitals required for the current and future population of the city of Casey?1 (A-1) Has the Council investigated or assessed the need for a 24 hour, 7 days a week, Emergency Department within a hospital in the city of Casey?1 (A-2) Will the Council be investigating or assessing the hospital requirements of the current and future population of the city of Casey?1 (A-3) Has the Council allocated any funding in this budget towards advocating for additional Hospitals, or expanded hospital services, or an Emergency Department for the city of Casey?1 (B-0) If funds have been allocated, how many $ and what percentage of the advocacy funding is allocated to hospitals and health services?1 (B-1) How many $ have been allocated in this budget for the City of Casey Council heath services and kinders, what is this as a percentage of the total Council budget, and what percentage increase does this represent compared to last financial year?1 (C-0) In the budget this year, what are the key Councils initiatives for health services?1 (C-1) In the budget this year, what are the key Council initiatives for advocacy in health related areas like hospitals?
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      • Admin Commented Casey Administrator about 3 years ago
        The delivery of health services such as hospitals is a State Government responsibility. While Council does not provide funding, it plays an advocacy role on behalf of residents, lobbying other tiers of government to commit funds for health services in Casey.
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        • Admin Commented Casey Administrator about 3 years ago
          Thanks for your comments.Please see our comments to question 2 below.2. (A). What's the total cost budgeted for Graffiti clean ups? (Including council staff cost) - Council has allocated a total of $544,457 in the 2016/2017 budget, including staff costs to combat graffiti in the City of Casey, an increase of 2.33% from 2015/2016. 2. (B). What actions council has taken to reduce this cost year on year? Council places a high importance on the management of graffiti. Graffiti can indicate a lack of community pride, increased incidents of other forms of vandalism, and negatively impact perceptions of safety by residents. To specifically address graffiti vandalism, Council manages a comprehensive program that includes removal of graffiti from Council and qualifying private property within 24 hours of receiving owner consent. Council’s response also includes an education program delivered to all Year 5 students within the City of Casey, the maintenance of a ‘tags’ register to assist police when apprehending vandals to ensure they are held to account, and significant levels of advocacy to other levels of Government to maintain their infrastructure to a standard acceptable to the community including road and rail infrastructure. Activities undertaken specifically to address graffiti including: successful grant applications to redesign hotspot locations at Autumn Place Doveton and Cranbourne Place Park Cranbourne resulting in the attraction of $250,000 at each location for redesign and development and redevelopment of Council’s Year 8 Education program to enable delivery by schools instead of Council.2. (C). What are the key graffiti affected areas in Casey? Suburbs which experience the highest level of reported graffiti are the most established suburbs with higher populations and infrastructure i.e. Berwick, Doveton, Endeavour Hills, Hallam, Narre Warren, Narre Warren South, Cranbourne and Cranbourne West.
  • JohnFourOaksWard about 3 years ago
    The ESC has rejected Mayor Sam Aziz's hypothesis that Casey residents will face aninfrastructure blackhole in future.With a substantial Budget surplus Casey has actually been receiving more revenue due to population growth.In fact, high population growth brings in more not less revenue receipts. Isn't that why the ESC only approved rate cap variation applications from councils in regional areas,with small populations, and limited options?
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    • Admin Commented Casey Administrator about 3 years ago
      Thanks for your question John. We will get back to you shortly.
    • Admin Commented Casey Administrator about 3 years ago
      Hi John, Council acknowledges that additional rates revenue is received as a result of population growth. However, it is not sufficient to provide all required services to the growing population, as well as meet the upfront costs of the required investment in infrastructure for the growing community. This was explained in more detail in Council’s rate cap variation application. Council is not in a position to comment on the decisions of the ESC in relation to other Councils.
  • JohnFourOaksWard about 3 years ago
    I have read the media release from Casey,dated 31 May 2016, in relation to the ESC's rejection of their rates variation.I have also noted that the ESC states Casey has an underlying Budget surplus in excess of $33 million.Further,Casey also received a state government grant of $2.5 million.Why doesn't Casey use these funds for the proposed sporting and recreational facilities that were behind its rate cap variation to the ESC in the first place?
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    • Admin Commented Casey Administrator about 3 years ago
      Thanks for your comments. We will get back to you shortly.
    • Admin Commented Casey Administrator about 3 years ago
      Hi John, the majority of the surplus is used to fund community infrastructure. The surplus that was detailed in the ESC decision report included $15 million of Developer contributions that will be used for specified and pre-determined current and future year Capital Works projects. Based on the definition for this measure included in the decision report, this amount should have been excluded from the calculation of this figure.The remaining $18.9 million is surplus (with rate cap) is used in the 2016/17 budget for debt repayment ($1.3 million), and to fund Council’s capital works program, noting that expenditure from rates and recurrent grants on new and renewal projects ($51.6 million) is around $18 million higher than depreciation expense of $33.5 million.The ESC decision report is assuming that capital works expenditure should be similar to depreciation, which is not the situation for a growth Council, which needs to maintain an existing asset base, as well as expand to respond to population growth.
  • GB5 about 3 years ago
    So is the Hunt club sports oval going to be added to the 2017-2018 budget?
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    • Admin Commented Casey Administrator about 3 years ago
      Thanks for your comment. As a result of the recent ESC decision, the Hunt Club project will be deleted from the 2016-17 Budget, when it is adopted by Council on 28 June 2016.This project will be renominated for future budgets, and its relative priority (against other nominated projects) will be assessed when those future budgets are developed.
  • JohnFourOaksWard about 3 years ago
    In December last year Casey council paid interested individuals to participate in focus groups for council's rate cap variation application.1. What was the cost of these focus groups to ratepayers?2. How much money were any consultants paid for this project?Thank you.
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    • Admin Commented Casey Administrator about 3 years ago
      Thanks for your comments. We will get back to you shortly.
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      • Admin Commented Casey Administrator about 3 years ago
        Hi John, for large scale consultations such as this one, it’s not unusual to make a payment to participants in respect of their time. For the Building our Future focus group, residents were asked to give up seven hours of their time on a weekend close to Christmas. This was a considerable ask and that’s why it was only fair participants were reimbursed $120 for their time. It’s standard industry practice for focus group participants to be paid when such consultations are undertaken regardless of whether it is for government or private sector research.While Council enjoys a good response rate to its smaller scale consultations, it’s traditionally been difficult to secure a larger sample for focus groups. Given the size of the municipality and requirements of the Essential Services Commission, it was imperative we had a sample that reflected the city’s demographics (reflecting the gender, ages and wards), ensuring feedback truly represented the views of the community.The consultant’s fees are commercial in confidence.
  • JohnFourOaksWard about 3 years ago
    Please advise (1)how many Casey ratepayers have defaulted on their rate payments and(2) what is the total amount of unpaid rates owed to Casey council at this time?
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    • Admin Commented Casey Administrator about 3 years ago
      Thanks for your post. Council will respond shortly.
    • Admin Commented Casey Administrator about 3 years ago
      Thanks for your comments. The first part of this query is not able to be released publicly. In regards to the second part, the level of unpaid rates is reported at the end of each financial year in Council’s annual report (page 111 in 2015). As at 30 June 2015, the level of outstanding rates was $12.048 million. This information will be reported again as at 30 June 2016, when directly comparable information is available (ie with all quarterly and payment plan instalments processed).
  • JohnFourOaksWard about 3 years ago
    Hi.Thanks for the opportunity to ask questions about Casey's 2016/17 Draft Budget Plan.I would like answers to the following questions please.1. What will be Casey's Budget surplus for the next three financial years,2016/17,2017/18, and 2018/19?Please state the precise figures for each financial year.2.What will be Casey's cash surplus at the end of this year?3.What loans and liabilities does Casey have at present?Please forward me your written answers asap.Sincerely,John Glazebrook
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    • Admin Commented Casey Administrator about 3 years ago
      Thanks for your post. Council will respond shortly.
    • Admin Commented Casey Administrator about 3 years ago
      Thanks for your questions John. Council’s forecast financial statements are included in the draft 2016-20 Strategic Resource Plan (SRP) that is also available at Council’s Customer Service Centres for the public to review. These documents are prepared on an accrual basis and have a number of cash and non-cash transactions (ie contributed assets of $40 million) per year. It also includes developer contributions that need to be transferred to reserve to fund future capital works projects in the growth areas. When preparing its budget, Council balances its rates requirement to within +/- $15,000, being 0.01% of general rates. This draft SRP document will now need to be adjusted when the final 2016/17 budget is adopted, to reflect the recent Essential Services Commission (ESC) decision on Council’s 2016/17 Rate Cap Variation Application. The main changes will be reduced rate revenue income and lower capital works expenditure. In relation to Council’s cash surplus for 2015/16, Council’s most recent end of year forecasting indicated that Council would have a cash surplus of approximately $300,000, or less than 0.1% of Council’s $300 million plus overall expenditure budget.
  • PDP11 about 3 years ago
    The 'Quick Response Policy' document, 5.1 'Budget' Section states: "The annual Quick Response Grant budget is determined in the adopted Budget each year."Under the previous 'Councillor Ward Grants Policy' the budget for each Ward (i.e. each Councillor) was set by a resolution of the Council and the amount was tracked in the Council Meeting Minutes.Where is the budget allocation reported?What is the size of this budget allocation?Are these Budget allocations tied to:(a) Growth rate of the Council budget(b) Council rates with or without the rate cap increases(c) Melbourne CPI(d) Australian CPI(e) Some other indexing method?
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    • Admin Commented Casey Administrator about 3 years ago
      Thanks for your post. Council will respond shortly.
    • Admin Commented Casey Administrator about 3 years ago
      Thanks for your comments. For the 2016/17 financial year the proposed budget allocation for this program will be $68,000. This has been increased in-line with the Department of Treasury and Finance forecast of CPI from the 2015/16 allocation of $66,500. It is incorporated within the materials services line of the operating budget.
  • JohnFourOaksWard about 3 years ago
    The Essential Services Commission has today rejected Casey's application for a ratecap variation of 0.97%.In so doing it has also rejected Mayor Sam Aziz's "scare mongering" claims that the future of Casey would otherwise be compromised without the additional revenue.Will CEO Mike Tyler and Mayor Sam Aziz now both resign due to incompetence?
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    • Admin Commented Casey Administrator about 3 years ago
    • PDP11 about 3 years ago
      For those people interested, the Essential Services Commission published their reasons under the City of Casey entry at http://www.esc.vic.gov.au/project/local-government/29082-2016-17-higher-cap-applications/My take on it was the State Government gave Casey extra funding this year that wasn't used in the budget. ESC thought Casey could have funded the Hunt Club Estate project with this money therefore the ESC saw no need to increase the rates above the rate cap for just this one project. The current round of this extra State Government funding did not cover next years projects so ESC applications may become a merry-go-round that repeats it each year.I think to apply to the ESC this year was a 'courageous' decision by the Councillors in the manner of 'Yes Minister/Yes Prime Minister' as in: "Controversial" only means "this will lose you votes". "Courageous" means "this will lose you the election"This is an election year for Councillors and if the ESC had approved the rate increase the ratepayers would have gone ballistic. As the ESC has rejected the application my guess is the Councillors may only lose a few votes, have to wait and see on this. So Sam Aziz is likely to be returned at the next election.
  • PDP11 about 3 years ago
    Why is the version of the 'Building Our Future, Summary Report' published here in Attachment 3.1 different to the version presented to Casey City Council and distributed to other Councils? I.e. the detailed statistics on community opposition removed/censored.Why were the detailed results (on Page 14 of the report) showing the level of community opposition to the rate rise removed from the report shown here?Why were graphics used that visually distorted the voting results?
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    • Admin Commented Casey Administrator about 3 years ago
      Council felt it important to close the loop quickly with participants, particularly given the Christmas/New Year break, so a summary report was provided to participants swiftly in December. Council then used the time over the Christmas/New Year to develop a more detailed report which it then included with its public application to the ESC in March. This version has a different cover to differentiate the two versions.
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      • PDP11 about 3 years ago
        The original version of the report had been incorporated into the public record by way of a Council Ordinary Meeting, circulated to other Councils and incorporated into the public record via their Ordinary Meeting as well as being circulated to the forum participants.The revised report should have been published on the web site and circulated to the forum participants at a minimum. And I don't accept that being buried in a 300 page submission to the ESC is the appropriate way to advise there had been a revision. I would happily accept revision of a document that is in the public record if the public record is corrected and that did not happen in this case.
  • PDP11 about 3 years ago
    There doesn't appear to be any acknowledgment of questions asked in this area of Casey Conversations. I guess there is no point asking questions here if there will be no answers. Given the area is dead.I will make a formal Section 223 submission. I would suggest anybody with an interest in the budget make a formal submission and request to address the Council meeting to put their point of view.
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    • Admin Commented Casey Administrator about 3 years ago
      Thanks for your post. Council will respond shortly.