Written budget submissions due

TIME is running out to get submissions into Mansfield Shire Council on budget matters for the 2016/17 financial period.

The budget has been on exhibition since May 4 with written submissions being accepted until June 1.

Last week a ratepayers meeting to discuss the budget was held at council chambers with eight residents in attendance.

Points raised included the cost of registering farm dogs to rise to $22 (from $19 – a rise of 15.8 per cent or $3 on the 2015-16 budget) per animal, as well as the rise in fees for domestic pets – now up to $35.

Although these rises are more than the five per cent increase generally indicated, they are based on cost recovery.

Council also discounts working dogs of $13 (a 37 per cent discount) on the dog fee of $35.

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