Produced annually, the Budget details Council’s planned income and expenditure over a twelve month period.

Annual Budget

There’s no doubt we are releasing our 2020/21 budget at an uncertain and difficult time.

We are still in the grip of the coronavirus pandemic, and the full impact on local businesses, community groups and individuals is unknown.

Council’s own operating revenue has seen a significant downtown too with tourist attractions closed, mass gatherings cancelled and parking meters switched off.

This budget is our 12-month plan to balance all these financial challenges with the need to deliver high quality services and facilities to our community.

With that in mind, we have released this budget using the most up-to-date information included. But, we might have to revise the budget later in the year, after the full implications of coronavirus are better known.

Council has worked to reduce the rate burden on Commercial ratepayers with a 17.5 per cent reduction in the rate in the dollar. When combined with revaluations, this means that, on average, a Commercial ratepayer will pay about 10 per cent less than they did on their 2019/20 rates.

While it is not in this budget document, Councillors and staff are also working on proposals to provide more targeted support to local businesses impacted by coronavirus.

For other ratepayers, we have adjusted our rating strategy to keep increases to a minimum – with an average rate increase of 1.86 per cent. We have also simplified the system where Residential, Industrial and other ratepayers can apply for special consideration with their rate payments, if they are impacted by coronavirus.

In terms of capital works across the municipality, many projects will be delivered with State and Federal government support.

In recent years, we have successfully worked to leverage rate income to attract maximum government investment into our community.

Examples in 2020/21 will be the much-awaited Robinvale levee, the Robinvale netball upgrades, the Our Place building in Swan Hill and the Vibrant Villages project across nine of our rural towns.

We will also deliver some major road reconstruction projects thanks to the Federal Roads to Recovery program, in Campbell Street and Naretha Street in Swan Hill and Pira Road at Nyah West.

Unfortunately rubbish and recycling collection charges will increase this year, primarily due to the increased costs of processing recycling. Greenwaste collection charges will stay the same for those who opt in.

We look forward to continuing to work with our communities as we all navigate these challenging times.

Councillor Bill Moar
Mayor

John McLinden
Chief Executive Officer

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See also

Long Term Financial Plan

Long Term Financial Plan

The purpose of the Long Term Financial Plan (LTFP) is to set out Council’s objectives and recommendations for ensuring that Council’s finances remain sustainable in the long term.