Council ‘not broke’, not amalgamating

A RECORD number of submissions to Mansfield Shire’s draft budget for 2017-18 have been received with two days still left for further comments to be submitted.

Shire chief executive officer Alex Green said some 13-14 submissions had been received up until May 12 and more were expected – a record number to date.

He said normally around three to four submissions would be received by council on any annual budget proposal.

“It has been a controversial budget this year and people are speaking out and giving us their views, which is excellent,” Mr Green said, in reference to the well publicised financial challenges.

Shire Mayor Paul Volkering last week re-affirmed that Mansfield Shire Council is not broke.

“However, unless we take steps now, and I stress now, then we may end up going broke, but we owe it to the community to be responsible and authentic in taking a considered and measured approach, so that we maintain the services that people have come to expect,” he said.


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