What are the features of the Draft Budget?
- $283.9 million total budget
- $229.0 million operating budget to ensure Council continues to provide vital services to 270,000 residents
- $54.8 million capital works program to fund vital community infrastructure
- 7.5 per cent general rate increase (with nearly 3% of this attributed to the external impacts imposed on Council)
What are the budget pressures facing Council?
Councillors have worked to keep rates low while balancing the pressures facing the city including the external impacts of:
- Increased street lighting costs imposed on Council
- Reduction in State and Federal Government grants and cost shifting
- Unfunded superannuation liabilities imposed on all Councils
- Meeting the needs of Casey’s continued growth including services for an ageing population and maintaining additional parks and open spaces
- In addition, Council still has to carry the costs of the Federal Government’s carbon tax in 2013-14.
What is the impact of the Fire Services Property Levy?
- From 1 July 2013, the Fire Services Property Levy will appear as a separate charge on Council rates notices for the first time. The charge will be $100 for residential properties and $200 for non-residential properties, plus a variable cost based on the property’s capital improved value listed on rates notices
- All Victorian Councils are required to collect this levy on behalf of the State Government, and will pass the full amount on to the State Revenue Office
- As Casey is in a CFA area and not an MFB area, Council’s costs will increase with the introduction of the State Government’s Fire Services Property Levy. There will be a greater cost to Council than the amount of the fire services contributions previously included in Council’s insurance premiums for buildings. These increased costs have been factored in the development of the 2013-14 Draft Budget
For further information visit the:
- Fire Services Property Levy website: www.firelevy.vic.gov.au
- Fire Services Levy Monitor website: www.firelevymonitor.vic.gov.au
What are the major projects in 2013-14?
- Construction of the $6.4m Carlisle Park football/cricket oval and pavilion, including tennis courts, Cranbourne
- Construction of the $4.5m Lynbrook Community Centre and Hall
- Construction of the $3.2m Arbourlea Family and Children’s Centre, Cranbourne North
- Completion of the $6.6m ovals, AFL and cricket pavilion and netball courts at Marriott Waters Estate, Lyndhurst
- Design of the $3.3m Selandra Rise Family and Children’s Centre, Cranbourne East
- Completion of the $2.2m improvements to the gymnasium at the Endeavour Hills Leisure Centre
- Design of the synthetic athletics track at Edwin Flack Reserve, Berwick
- Road improvements including the construction of a second entrance at Casey Fields and construction of a pedestrian crossing at Evans Road, Cranbourne
- Upgrade of the tennis pavilion at the Pearcedale Recreation Reserve
- Park improvements at Frog Hollow Reserve, Endeavour Hills
How can I have my say?
Community feedback on Council's 2013-14 Draft Budget has now closed.