The City’s 2020-2021 Budget has kicked in, following its adoption at a Special Meeting of Council on Monday, 29 June 2020, with $40.6 million committed to works projects across more than 200 community products and services.
City of Melville Mayor the Hon. George Gear JP said the 2020-2021 budget had been delivered under extraordinary circumstances, set against the backdrop of a global pandemic.
“These extraordinary times have called for extraordinary measures and despite the challenges, we have delivered a budget that provides a suite of concessions, waivers and funding support as part of a $15 million Melville Community Stimulus Package,” said Mayor Gear.
“We have also worked hard to provide a flat rate concession of $200 to every residential household, and despite the rate in the dollar increasing, 98.9% of residential ratepayers will benefit from reduced rates in 2020-2021 with a total cost to the City of $10,065,736.
“The 2020-2021 budget has also seen $8.5 million in capital projects fast tracked to this financial year in an effort to provide an additional economic boost to our local and regional economy.
“This brings our total Community Stimulus Package to over $23.5 million and places the City of Melville at the forefront of Local Governments, adding value to the National and State financial support response through the COVID-19 crisis.
“This budget has been possible due to long term financial planning which that has placed the City in a financially sustainable position and the ability to provide financial relief to ratepayers at a time when it is needed the most. Our long-term financial plan ensures we set aside enough reserves for renewal of assets and that our operating expenses are largely met from our own revenue sources.
”I thank our elected members, CEO and staff for all of their work in preparing this budget, during what has been an extremely challenging time and I look forward to working together, later this year, when we will update our Long Term Financial Plan to plan for the future demands of our City.”
- The adopted budget of 2020-2021 presents changes to the rate in the dollar for each rating category required to maintain parity with the 2019-2020 rate outcomes, taking into account changes in Gross Rental Valuations arising from the triennial revaluation undertaken by the Valuer General’s Office. There have been no changes to the minimum rates from those used in the 2019-2020 budget.
- The City will experience a drop in its rates revenue net of concessions of 9.6% when compared to the 2019-2020 budget.
- Annual rates are calculated as a percentage of the gross rental value (GRV) of properties, with a typical residential property in the City of Melville calculated at an annual GRV of $23,008 per annum or approximately $442 per week. In 2020-2021, the average improved residential rate will be $1,789 inclusive of a $47 security charge, prior to application of rates concessions.
- The City’s total rates income net of concessions of $80.6 million has been carefully allocated to ensure operating service levels are maintained, together with an appropriate level of investment in the City’s assets. The City includes the $16.1 million cost of residential waste collection and disposal within the general rates. This allows eligible seniors and pensioners to access State rebates on this component of their annual rates.
The 2020-2021 Budget provides for $40.6 million in capital expenditure, key items include:
- $13.5 million for works on City owned buildings, including $2.7 million for refurbishments of the swimming pools at LeisureFit Booragoon, $1.7 million for the Tompkins Park Redevelopment Stage 1 (ARIS), $1.2 million for the change room upgrade at Winthrop Park, $950,000 for the design and construction of the Atwell House Ceramics Studio and $817,188 for the Disability Access and Inclusion Plan Upgrade program.
- $1 million for Drainage Pipe Relining program;
- $1 million for Irrigation Program
- $550,000 for the Heathcote Lower Land Design Development
- $783,066 for the pre-construction works for South Eastern Play Space – Bob Gordon
- $1.2 million for renewal work on Stock Road (Canning Highway-Marmion Street)
The 2020-2021 budget includes funding from both State and Federal Government programs, including Roads to Recovery, Main Roads Regional Grants and the State Black Spot Program and Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.
Ratepayers can expect to receive their rates notices from Wednesday, 5 August 2020 if they have signed up for electronic rates, or up to a week later if receiving by post.
Mayor Gear JP said given the change in circumstances this year due to COVID-19 and the challenges that local businesses are facing, the City had chosen to work with Westpac to offer cash prizes for paying by BPAY and going paperless.
“The rates notices will be sent out in August, and ratepayers who use BPAY to make a full payment or instalment by 10 September and sign up for eRates, will have the chance to win one of four $750 cash prizes,” said Mayor Gear.
“Paying using BPAY contributes towards our community’s Clean and Green aspiration and sustainability goals, while also helping to saving administration costs.”
To find out more about the City’s rates and charges, 2020-2021 Budget or rates prize draw, visit www.melvillecity.com.au/rates or call 1300 635 845 | 9364 0666.