Friday, July 1, 2016

Council budget for 2016-17


2016/2017 Annual Plan and Budget Estimates
1 July 2016

At the Council meeting held on 30 June 2016, the Derwent Valley Council considered the adoption of the 2016-2017 Annual Plan and Budget Estimates.

Mayor Martyn Evans said “The Council Budget provides for a general rate increase of 1.89%. The Council has also considered it necessary to introduce a waste utility charge which goes some way to covering the costs involved in the disposal of waste. Previously some waste expenses were not readily identifiable, but due to the increasing cost burden, it was deemed appropriate to highlight the fact. With the charge of $51.50 for each property, the Council will also be reintroducing a coupon system, providing 12 coupons.”

The Council has also committed to continued improvement in areas such as asset management, risk and human resource practices, which supports the Council’s strategic aims by being innovative and sustainable.

Major expenditure items listed in the Budget included:-
  • Implementation of a stormwater management plan
  • Refuse disposal area environmental protection measures
  • New Norfolk swimming pool heating conservation measures
  • Additional maintenance funding for Council owned buildings
  • Funds for supervisory and community engagement roles
  • Allocation of monies for preparatory roadworks design.

General Manager Greg Winton said Rates Notices would likely be sent out early July, with instalment dates for payments as follows:-
  • 1st Instalment On or before the 30th day after the issue of the rates notice or the 12th
    August 2016 (whichever is the later).
  • 2nd Instalment 28th October 2016
  • 3rd Instalment 27th January 2017
  • 4th Instalment 31st March 2017

“Council is very mindful of the current economic climate and the capacity to pay. Should a ratepayer be unable to meet a payment date, consideration will be given to special arrangements provided the application is received prior to the due date” said Mr Winton.

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