Have your say on council’s budget

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THE community is being urged to review and make comment on the 2019/2020 draft budget, and can do so until Friday, May 24.

This year total revenue from general rates and municipal charge will increase by 2.5 percent. This is in line with the order by the minister for local government under the Fair Go Rates System. The total projected capital works program will be $71.08M, of which highlights include funding for the new Shepparton Art Museum, Maude Street upgrade and Balaclava/Verney/Dookie intersection upgrade.

Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Kim O’Keeffe said this budget was financially responsible and put council into a healthy and sustainable financial position.

“Council delivers more than 120 services to our community and we need to achieve a balance between those services, the community desires and the funds available, which is an ongoing challenge,” Cr O’Keeffe said.

“I encourage you to take a look at the budget and make a submission; everyone’s opinion is important and it is a great way to bring your ideas to council for consideration.”

Council is holding two information sessions open for the public to attend to obtain a greater understanding of the budget process. These are being held on May 13 at 3pm and 5:30pm at the council offices.

You can have your say on the draft budget by sending an email to [email protected], using the online feedback forms at www.greatershepparton.com.au to ask a question or lodge a budget submission, writing to council at Locked Bag 1000, Shepparton, 3632 or by asking to have your submission heard (in person) at a special council meeting.

To obtain a copy of the draft budget, visit www.greatershepparton.com.au