City of Victor Harbor, Yankalilla and Alexandrina councils release budgets and rate rises

BALANCING THE BOOKS: Alexandrina Council CEO Glenn Rappensberg, District Council of Yankalilla CEO Nigel Morris and City of Victor Harbor CEO Victoria MacKirdy have worked hard with staff to present the 2019/20 budget.
BALANCING THE BOOKS: Alexandrina Council CEO Glenn Rappensberg, District Council of Yankalilla CEO Nigel Morris and City of Victor Harbor CEO Victoria MacKirdy have worked hard with staff to present the 2019/20 budget.

City of Victor Harbor, Yankalilla and Alexandrina councils have conducted lengthy consultation periods selling and receiving feedback on their respective Draft Annual Business Plans and Budgets for 2019/20.

The District Council of Yankalilla ran four community meetings as part of the public consultation process on their 2019-20 Annual Business Plan and Budget. Ratepayers were invited to make submissions with the council before the deadline of Friday, May 31. The proposed rate increase is between zero per cent to 2.5 per cent.

Alexandrina Council held a community briefing on its Draft Plan on Tuesday, June 11, where representations were made by members of the public. It welcomes feedback from the community and invites residents and ratepayers to view the Draft Plan, on display at council offices and libraries and can be viewed on council's website at www.alexandrina.sa.gov.au

Feedback through it's My Say website. Consultation will continue until Monday, June 17.

Alexandrina Council propose a rate increase of 3.3 per cent with its primary production differential rate remaining unchanged. At its community briefing there was concern over any consideration on abolishment of the primary differential rate and concern on any rate increase above CPI.

Mayor Keith Parkes said the draft plan reflected Alexandrina's commitment to maintaining its "enviable lifestyle and promoting sustainable growth within our region."

"It is important the community has its say," Mr Parkes said.

The City of Victor Harbor held a public meeting on their draft plan on June 6, with the consultation period closing on Friday, June 14, at 5pm. City of Victor Harbor CEO Victoria MacKirdy described the public meeting as "positive and energetic".

Council is proposing a fixed charge of $390, an increase of $40 from last year, while differential rates will be maintained at 2018/19 levels.

Issues raised by ratepayers at the public meeting included the cost of consultants, maintenance to the Town Hall, increase required for community grants, council vehicle replacement, council's procurement policy and use of local contractors, infrastructure needs such as the establishment of footpaths, the revenue lost by the horse tram not in operation, dog park and the Community Energy Plan.

Copies of the draft plan and budget can be downloaded at www.yoursay.victor.sa.gov.au or viewed at the Civic Centre. Written submissions can be made online at www.yoursay.victor.sa.gov.au; by email to localgov@victor.sa.gov.au; by post to PO Box 11, Victor Harbor SA 5211.

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