Wingecarribee Shire Council is seeking comment from the community after councillors endorsed the draft 2012/13 Operational Plan and Budget before adopting the final version next month.
The Operational Plan presented highlights Council’s major program of works for the forthcoming financial year.
Key projects include:
- The construction of the Moss Vale Indoor Aquatic Centre
- Civic Centre refurbishment
- Pool renewal upgrade strategy
- Local roads resealing programme
- Robertson Sewerage Scheme
“The Operational Plan dictates where we will allocate financial, physical and human resources to meet our actionable projects,” General Manager Jason Gordon said.
“But it also prioritises community programs such as the Our Village, Our Future localised community engagement scheme and Community Information Kiosks.
“Other highlights of the Operational Plan include renewed focus on illegal dumping strategies and asset management, commitment to our tourism strategy, review of our Resource Recovery Centre Business Plan and implementation of our environment strategy,” he said.
Also on exhibition is the 2012/13 Budget which contains the proposed rates for the coming year.
“In total, it is proposed that residential rates will rise by 5.78% across the board,” the General Manager said. “This equates to approximately $2.56 per week.
“It should be remembered that these figures are based on average land values across the Shire. Some ratepayers will pay more, some less. Different rates apply for different categories,” Mr Gordon added.
The rating increase is designed to leave Council with a ‘modest’ $300,000 surplus and was determined in line with rate-pegging as set by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) of New South Wales.
“Whilst this year’s increases are considerably lower than the past years, we recognise that any increase to the cost of living is difficult, and we remind anyone who is having difficulty in meeting their repayments to contact Council about repayment options,” Mr Gordon said.
The deadline for comments is 10 June 2012 before the final budget is adopted by Council at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on Wednesday 27 June 2012.
The draft Operational Plan, Budget and Revenue Policy can be viewed at Council’s Civic Centre, located on Elizabeth Street, Moss Vale between the hours of 8.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday or the Mittagong and Bowral libraries. An electronic version can also be viewed on Council’s website at www.wsc.nsw.gov.au under the What’s on Exhibition link.
For further information including Council’s Hardship Policy contact Wingecarribee Shire Council on phone 4868 0888.