THIS year’s Greater Shepparton City Council draft budget is now available for public feedback, with the highlights seeing $37.42M being put toward capital works around the region and the final year that residents will carry the increased rates burden caused by the redistribution of rate charges from the commercial and industrial differential towards the residential differential outlined in the rating strategy 2013-2017.
Works around the region include $5,310,000 allocated for the Greater Shepparton Regional Sports Precinct, where $2M will be borrowed to put toward the project and the Aquamoves car park will be redeveloped.
Verney Road will also see an upgrade and $50,000 will be put toward the Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton. In Tatura a $625,000 roof structure will be installed at Tatura Park to be used for events and provide an improved quality of infrastructure at the park. Works will be carried out at both Merrigum and Tatura pools, new public toilets will be installed at Ferrari Park in Mooroopna and for the first time, Toolamba will also be getting public toilets. $1,300,000 will be allocated for the Katandra West Community Centre, Congupna will see a walking track constructed and Lemnos Recreation Reserve will be allocated $29,000.
Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Jenny Houlihan said, “Overall we will see a 4.95 percent increase in rates and charges to have enough funds to pay for services and capital works that the community expect us to deliver.
“This number will of course fluctuate. Some people will actually be paying more than 4.95 percent so there is a big difference in what the rates are going to be depending on the category the property falls under.
“This year is also a valuation year and depending on where people are in the municipality will also affect their rates.
“We are trying to make sure the smaller rural communities know that we are working to help them.”
Greater Shepparton City Council CEO, Gavin Cator said, “Four community meetings on the budget will be held in Tatura, Shepparton, Dookie and Mooroopna in the coming month.
“There will be significant fluctuations across rate categories because of the implementation of the rating strategy, which is further complicated because it is a valuation year.” Mr Cator said.
The community will have 28 days to provide feedback on the budget and can do so by visiting www.greatershepparton.com.au
For more information or to pick up a copy of the budget, visit council’s website.