KEY financial documents for Shire of Mundaring have now been adopted by Council.
Council adopted the Annual Budget 2016/17, Corporate Business Plan and Long Term Financial Plan at a Special Council Meeting on Tuesday night.
Shire President David Lavell said these documents were part of the Shire's Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework.
"These documents put the community's values and vision captured in the 10-year Strategic Community Plan Mundaring 2026 into action," he said.
"The community has been clear that they want to see reduced rates over the long term. Council has listened and has worked hard to keep rate rises to a minimum. Council is committed to reducing rates over the next few years, while still delivering the community's priorities.
"The 2016/17 Annual Budget was based on an increase of 3% in the rate in the dollar. For the majority of residential ratepayers this equates to a rise of around $55 for 2016/17."
Cr Lavell said some of the key infrastructure projects in the four-year Corporate Business Plan included:
- Boya Community Hub (new library and community space)
- Mundaring Indoor Recreation Facility
- Harry Riseborough transportable change room
- Darlington Hall access upgrades
- replacing toilet blocks at Glen Forrest and Sawyers Valley ovals
- lighting upgrades for Mundaring Tennis Club and Mundaring Oval.
Cr Lavell said it was important to note that rates increases for future years, including 2017/18, were forecasts only.
"The Long Term Financial Plan adopted by Council forecasts a 5% increase in 2017/18 to ensure the forecast budget is balanced," he said.
"However there will be an annual review of all assumptions and expenditure priorities as listed in the Long Term Financial Plan throughout 2016/17 in an effort to ensure any rate increases are set at the minimum level required to adequately fund community services and infrastructure. This review may well result in amended forecasts for 2017/18 and beyond."
The Long Term Financial Plan, Corporate Business Plan and Annual Budget are now available on the Shire's website - key financial documents.
Copies will also be available to view at the Shire's Administration Centre and local libraries.