The City of Unley tomorrow night will consider and endorse the draft of the 2018/19 Budget for public input. You will then have an opportunity to review the presented projects and their impact on funding requirements.
It will be your chance to influence 2108/19 budget, the rates you will be paying, and what services you will receive for this. It is indeed your chance to show the new State Government that you would prefer to influence our budget rather than allow another tier of Government (with no empathy for your neighbourhood) do it for you.
Council is considering a rate increase of 2.5% resulting in new borrowings in the order of $5.277 m to deliver all proposed projects and maintain current service levels. Not yet included is any allowance for increased waste disposal costs on the 2018/19 Budget.
Not included is any impact resulting from China’s ban on foreign waste to determine how this will affect our recyclables contract. We are currently investigating the impact. I am not sure whether we will have enough information to include it tomorrow night. Once done though it will quantify any possible cost increases for the disposal of recyclables (yellow bin) so as to incorporate it in our final draft.
Community consultation on our 2018/19 Budget
Community consultation will occur between 26 April and 25 May 2018. It will include six (6) public meetings/community information sessions as shown below. Council will also receive submissions by visiting Council’s website (through Your Say Unley) or written submissions to PO Box 1, Unley 5061.
We will accept all submissions up until the close of business on 25 May 2018.
Location Date Time
Goodwood Library 10 May 10.30am – 11.30am
Clarence Park Community Centre 10 May 6.30pm – 7.30pm
(How convenient for ratepayers residing in my Ward)
Unley Civic Centre 14 May 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Living Choice Fisher Street 17 May 10.30am – 11.30am
Living Choice Fisher Street 17 May 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Unley Community Centre 21 May 10.00am- 11.00am
The Annual Community Plan which underpins the 2018/19 budget will be found on the Council website after the meeting. Highlights can be found in my separate blog which I expect to post on Tuesday.