MANSFIELD Shire Council’s 2014/15 budget was adopted at a special meeting of council last week following circulation of a draft budget report for public comment.
It is based on a (now recalculated) average general rate increase of 3.33 per cent, closely matching the 3.29 per cent the previous year, and raising general rates of $7.1 million up from $6.9 million last year.
This is an average increase of 2.7 per cent in the total general rates, made up of a four per cent increase in rates for vacant land, rural residential, farmland and recreational land, and one per cent for residential and commercial land.
For the forthcoming three years (2015/17), rates are forecast to move back to 3.9 per cent.
Garbage collection charges will increase by 4.7 per cent, with waste charges increasing by five per cent overall.
Mayor Ray Robinson said in setting this level of increase in rates and charges the council is aware it will bring challenges as it endeavors to meet operating expenses of council and the need for ongoing asset renewal.
“Councillors have spent considerable time discussing the content of the budget,” he said.