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Budget and Rates 2016

A bright future for our City

The 2016/17 Budget outlines the provision of financial resources for the next 12 months and details how these resources will be applied to deliver the more than 120 services and extensive range of programs and activities Council provides to the Maroondah community.

The Budget and the Long Term Financial Strategy have been developed through a rigorous process, and will ensure Council continues to meet the high level and variety of service expected by our community, while also ensuring our long term financial sustainability within the new rate capping environment. With a growing population and increasing pressure placed on Local Government to extend its provision of services this remains an ongoing challenge.

We are confident that the 2016/17 Budget represents a balanced, sustainable and responsible platform that will see enhanced services for our community; protection of Council’s $1.43 billion in assets; the delivery of extensive capital projects; a surplus of $6.237 million; and a financially prudent future for our ratepayers, meeting the needs of the community.

The 2016/17 Budget contains 24 Priority Actions, which are identified in the Council Plan 2013-2017 (Year 4: 2016/17), and will be undertaken by Council over the coming financial year. These actions respond to the wants and needs of the community and will directly contribute to the achievement of the Council Plan. They will also help lead us towards our ultimate vision and the preferred outcomes indicated in Maroondah 2040 – Our future together.

East Ringwood Pavilion

Rate capping – how it works

Council rates are a contribution each ratepayer makes towards the cost of maintaining community infrastructure and the community services provided by Council.

The Victorian Government’s Fair Go legislation to cap rates came into effect on 1 July 2016.

Maroondah City Council has complied with the Victorian Government’s rate cap of 2.5 per cent. What this means is that the average property rate increase will be limited to 2.5 per cent.

However, individual rate notice increases are not necessarily limited to 2.5 per cent. How much you pay depends on the value of your property.

Every two years the State Government requires the market value of your property to be assessed and this value determines the amount of rates you pay.

A revaluation does not increase or decrease revenue for Council, but is used to ensure the distribution of the rate burden remains fair and equitable over time, and according to property values.

The revaluation of properties determines a market level valuation which is effective as at 1 January 2016. Therefore the rates for your property may have increased or decreased by a different percentage than 2.5 per cent for the following reasons:

  • the valuation of your property relative to the valuation of other properties in the municipal district;
  • the application of any differential rate by Council;
  • the inclusion of other rates and charges not covered by the Victorian Government’s rates cap, including the State Government Fire Services Property Levy, and waste services.

Projects for our community

Children at playground 

Council’s $24.553 million capital works program ensures our assets meet the needs of our community now and into the future.

An allocation of over $4.587 million has been made to maintain and upgrade our recreational facilities such as playgrounds, golf courses, sports fields and reserve bridges.

This includes $1 million towards the Croydon Town Square project, $350,000 for playground renewals throughout Maroondah, including at Yarrunga, Barngeong and Gracedale parks; $800,000 to be spent on sports field surface renovations at Springfield Reserve, Croydon and Belmont Park, Croydon South. It also includes $100,000 for sports infrastructure renewal such as cricket nets and coaches boxes, $20,000 for fitness equipment at Jubilee Park Oval No. 2, and $150,000 for tennis court surfacing, nets and fencing, along with $80,000 to repair the bridge across the Mullum Mullum Creek at Glencairn Avenue, Ringwood.

Maroondah’s extensive system of stormwater drains, which extend more than 760 lineal kilometres, will receive $2.420 million for drainage improvement works including infrastructure renewal in Lusher Road, Croydon; along with the Scenic Avenue, East Ringwood Stage 2 Flood Mitigation Works and Stage 3 Flood Mitigation works in Acacia Court, Ringwood.

A total of $5.208 million has been allocated to the 510 Council buildings and structures to maintain these assets to a high standard and ensure the community has access to safe and appropriate facilities. The projects include: $800,000 towards the new baseball and cricket pavilion at Proclamation Park; $550,000 for Aquahub; $250,000 for a new public toilet at Eastfield Park; and $1.668 million on building renewal and accessibility works at various locations including Lipscombe Park Kindergarten, Croydon Sporting Pavilion, Glen Park Community Centre, Yarrunga Community Centre, Croydon Bowls Pavilion, Bedford Park Ballet Studio and Ainslie Park Guide Hall.

Council maintains over 475 kilometres of roads and 600 kilometres of constructed footpaths and will provide funding of more than $6.436 million on roads, footpaths, local area traffic management and commercial centres.

These works include street resealing in the Golf Links Estate and at Wenwood Street, East Ringwood; reconstruction of Dublin Road between Mt Dandenong Road and Patterson Street, East Ringwood; local area traffic management at Knaith Road, East Ringwood and the Beaufort Road/Diana Street, Ringwood precinct. Carpark improvements will see the resealing and additional parking at East Ringwood Reserve, and carpark resealing at Arrabri Community House and Glen Park Reserve.

More than $2 million will be used on footpath replacement works and improved footpath disability access at numerous locations across the municipality, and will include new footpaths along the western side of Wantirna Road from Dandenong Creek to Gordon Court, and the western side of Norton Road, Croydon. Bicycle and shared paths will also be improved, including $250,000 on the shared Heathmont Rail Trail.

Serving our community

Meals on wheels

Maroondah City Council provides more than 120 different services to the 112,310 members of our community, including:

  • Maternal & Child Health services through seven centres across the municipality.
  • Close to 15,500 hours of Social Inclusion and Wellbeing programs for older residents and people with a disability; and more than 250 hours of support to residents of Maroondah Supported Residential Services annually.
  • Keeping our community active and healthy at our six Maroondah Leisure facilities, including Aquanation, Aquahub, Ringwood and Dorset Golf and The Rings.
  • A fully accredited immunisation service, which delivers more than 10,000 vaccinations across more than 100 immunisation sessions each year.
  • The creation and delivery of more than 40,000 Meals on Wheels meals every year.
  • 90 School crossing supervisors helping children and families safely get to and from kindergarten and school – rain, hail or shine.
  • Community events, such as Maroondah Festival, Carols by Candlelight, Australia Day, Run Maroondah, and Reconciliation Week, which attract participation from over 40,000 people each year.
  • Waste collection, with a strong commitment by Maroondah residents sees a total of 11,716 tonnes of plastics, glass, steel, aluminium and paper recycled and 12,544 tonnes of garden organics collected annually.
  • 11 core programs and 12 events for our young people aged 12 to 25, as well as an information, support and referral service for young people and their families.

Total revenues

Rates and charges $82.030m 64% 
User fees $23.99m  18.7% 
Operating grants & contributions $16.253m  12.6% 
Statutory fees & fines $3.931m  3% 
Capital grants $1.260m  1% 
Interest $0.908m  0.7% 
Total $128.376m  100% 

Rates and charges spent per $100

Leisure & Culture = $24,27, Environment = $23.97, Capital Works = $16.40, Community Support = $15,73, Transport & Access = 11.29, City Development = $8.00

Further information

Paying your rates

  • Overdue rates
  • Why interest is charged
  • Rate payment options
  • Financial hardship payment arrangements
  • Pensioner Rate Assistance Scheme

Valuation

  • Property valuation
  • How your rates are calculated

Waste services

For further information, please Contact Us.


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