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Budget planning for 2018/19

Yarra City Council is in the early stages of planning for its 2018/19 budget and we want to hear from you.

Our annual budget provides funding to deliver more than 185 high quality services and programs for our community. View a summary of the full range of services provided by Council.

During our last budget consultation, we heard that our community wants to be involved early in the process to help shape the direction of the budget.

In response to that feedback, we are this year asking our community to tell us their priorities for spending, and where Council should spend less, to help influence our planning for the next budget.

Your feedback will be provided to councillors to consider as part of their budget deliberations and will help us create a draft budget document for 2018/19.

Have your say by 5pm, Friday 19 January 2018.


Information sessions

We're also holding three information sessions on 8, 10 and 12 February 2018 to provide our community with an overview of Council's strategies and policies, including our financial position. The information sessions will also provide an opportunity for people to share their priorities, ideas and feedback with Council to assist in developing the 2018/19 budget.


How have we responded to your feedback?

In developing the current 2017/18 budget, we heard that the community wants Council to make budget savings by minimising Council's own operating costs.

Council is planning to identify $500,000 in efficiency savings for each of the next 10 years. We will be undertaking a range of measures including: continuing to achieve operating efficiencies through a review of management staffing levels and corporate structures, further shared services and procurement, reducing the use and cost of external consultants including legal services, more effective debtor management strategies, attracting more external grants, reducing Council's passenger fleet reliance and other measures.

We will also deliver a comprehensive property management strategy with targets to increase revenue from Council-owned buildings, and look at how we manage Council assets that are surplus to our needs. We will keep our community informed and seek input as we work through this process.

Read more about how the community's feedback contributed to the development of the 2017/18 budget.


What do we consider when developing our budget?

We develop an annual budget every year. Each time, we use the Long Term Financial Strategy, adopted strategies (such as the Bicycle Strategy and Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy) and budget from the previous year as the foundation to build from.

Developing our budget is a fine balance that requires us to consider a number of factors. For example, the budget must:

  • Fully fund essential services that all local councils are required to provide, such as waste collection, parks and gardens maintenance, parking services, maintaining and improving local roads, council buildings and infrastructure.
  • Provide for high quality services that our community expect, including services for vulnerable community members.
  • Operate within the constraints facing all local councils, including the State Government cap on rates, which limits the amount of funds that councils can raise from rates.
  • Be financially responsible and respond to our current and future financial position, including servicing debt levels.

Things to consider when providing your feedback

The cost of providing the services that the community needs and expects will continue to rise over time.

In a financially constrained environment, decisions need to be made about annual priorities and we are seeking community input in developing these priorities. This information will help us develop our draft budget for 2018/19.

If we were to add a new priority in to the budget in 2018/19, our current financial position would require us to take something of equivalent value out of the budget (or, find additional revenue to fund it).

Therefore, all projects/initiatives proposed by the community during this process are subject to Council consideration and decisions.




Contact us

If you would prefer not to complete the online form, you can also provide feedback in writing via:

Post:
Yarra City Council
Budget Consultation
PO Box 168 Richmond 3121

Email: info@yarracity.vic.gov.au

To find out more, contact us on 9205 5555.

Yarra City Council is in the early stages of planning for its 2018/19 budget and we want to hear from you.

Our annual budget provides funding to deliver more than 185 high quality services and programs for our community. View a summary of the full range of services provided by Council.

During our last budget consultation, we heard that our community wants to be involved early in the process to help shape the direction of the budget.

In response to that feedback, we are this year asking our community to tell us their priorities for spending, and where Council should spend less, to help influence our planning for the next budget.

Your feedback will be provided to councillors to consider as part of their budget deliberations and will help us create a draft budget document for 2018/19.

Have your say by 5pm, Friday 19 January 2018.


Information sessions

We're also holding three information sessions on 8, 10 and 12 February 2018 to provide our community with an overview of Council's strategies and policies, including our financial position. The information sessions will also provide an opportunity for people to share their priorities, ideas and feedback with Council to assist in developing the 2018/19 budget.


How have we responded to your feedback?

In developing the current 2017/18 budget, we heard that the community wants Council to make budget savings by minimising Council's own operating costs.

Council is planning to identify $500,000 in efficiency savings for each of the next 10 years. We will be undertaking a range of measures including: continuing to achieve operating efficiencies through a review of management staffing levels and corporate structures, further shared services and procurement, reducing the use and cost of external consultants including legal services, more effective debtor management strategies, attracting more external grants, reducing Council's passenger fleet reliance and other measures.

We will also deliver a comprehensive property management strategy with targets to increase revenue from Council-owned buildings, and look at how we manage Council assets that are surplus to our needs. We will keep our community informed and seek input as we work through this process.

Read more about how the community's feedback contributed to the development of the 2017/18 budget.


What do we consider when developing our budget?

We develop an annual budget every year. Each time, we use the Long Term Financial Strategy, adopted strategies (such as the Bicycle Strategy and Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy) and budget from the previous year as the foundation to build from.

Developing our budget is a fine balance that requires us to consider a number of factors. For example, the budget must:

  • Fully fund essential services that all local councils are required to provide, such as waste collection, parks and gardens maintenance, parking services, maintaining and improving local roads, council buildings and infrastructure.
  • Provide for high quality services that our community expect, including services for vulnerable community members.
  • Operate within the constraints facing all local councils, including the State Government cap on rates, which limits the amount of funds that councils can raise from rates.
  • Be financially responsible and respond to our current and future financial position, including servicing debt levels.

Things to consider when providing your feedback

The cost of providing the services that the community needs and expects will continue to rise over time.

In a financially constrained environment, decisions need to be made about annual priorities and we are seeking community input in developing these priorities. This information will help us develop our draft budget for 2018/19.

If we were to add a new priority in to the budget in 2018/19, our current financial position would require us to take something of equivalent value out of the budget (or, find additional revenue to fund it).

Therefore, all projects/initiatives proposed by the community during this process are subject to Council consideration and decisions.




Contact us

If you would prefer not to complete the online form, you can also provide feedback in writing via:

Post:
Yarra City Council
Budget Consultation
PO Box 168 Richmond 3121

Email: info@yarracity.vic.gov.au

To find out more, contact us on 9205 5555.

2018/19 Budget Proposal Form

We provide more than 185 services and programs that contribute to our community’s quality of life. These include everyday services that people may take for granted, including street trees, footpaths and graffiti removal. All these services help to improve your neighbourhood and create a healthy, vibrant and connected society. 

View the summary of these services, then complete the 2018/19 budget proposal form below. 

Feedback is due by Friday 19 January 2018.



 

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