SHIRE of Mundaring Council adopted the 2017/2018 budget at its Special Council Meeting on Wednesday 19 July 2017.
The annual budget is based on an overall annual rates increase of 3.45 per cent for 2017/18. This equates to an average estimated increase of $35 per year per household (for the average residential rates).
The Shire's Long Term Financial Plan, another key financial document, was also adopted at the meeting.
The process follows extensive community engagement to investigate ways to minimise rate increases by reducing and ceasing some services offered by the Shire.
Shire President David Lavell said a significant amount of work had been carried out by all Councillors and staff in preparation of the 2017/18 budget.
"I am confident our residents will be satisfied with the outcome as the budget reflects Council's decision to transition to a lower rating profile over a longer term," he said.
"It also reflects the priorities identified as a result of comprehensive community engagement. Similarly, the budget takes into account the current challenging economic climate and the need to amend the level of some services previously provided by the Shire."
The 2017/18 budget features a moderate rate increase to ratepayers and an investment of over $15.9 million in capital works for parks, buildings and infrastructure.
The Capital Works Program comprises a number of key projects including:
- Mundaring Arena – a $10million state-of-the-art facility comprising indoor courts, allowing sport to be played all year round.
- Significant accessibility upgrades at Darlington Hall - $505,000
- Mundaring Oval Lighting Upgrade – Shire has committed to $140,000.
- Mundaring Tennis Club Lighting Upgrade
- Replacement toilet blocks in Sawyer's Valley and Glen Forrest
- New public toilet block at Broz Park, Helena Valley.
The budget outlines many community assets provided and maintained by the Shire such as parks, roads, halls, footpaths, playgrounds and waste transfer stations. It also lists the multiple services the Shire offers the community.
In addition, the budget incorporates the workforce plan for the Shire of Mundaring. This reflects a decrease of 1.64 full-time equivalent staff, forecast to occur from 2017/18.
Cr Lavell said preparation of the 2017/18 budget included a comprehensive review of existing services.
"This process was undertaken to ensure Council can continue to keep rates at an affordable level while also being able to provide the services most valued by our community," he said.
The 2017/18 budget is available on the Shire's website at www.mundaring.wa.gov.au
Previous information about the Rates and Services proposal
The aim of the proposal was to reduce the forecast rate increase from five percent to approximately three-and-a-half percent. Council has now reviewed the feedback through a series of workshops and has set its direction in rate setting. This information will help shape the Shire's Corporate Business Plan and Long Term Financial Plan over the next 10 years.