Developing our budget
Every year we prepare a budget that is guided by the priorities set out in our Council Plan - a legal requirement for all councils.
Councillors attend workshops with staff to work out how much money is required to meet community needs and deliver vital services.
The Strategic Resource Plan 2014/15 – 2017/18 (pdf, 97.6KB) sets a financial framework which shapes the annual budget. The plan, which was adopted during the development of the Council Plan in 2013 has been updated to incorporate years 2014/15 – 2017/18.
Proposed Budget 2015/16 – have your say
The 2015/16 draft Council Budget is on public exhibition from 29 April to 27 May 2015.
Our budget will support around 200 services and programs provided to the Moonee Valley community.
The draft budget also includes $31 million to build and upgrade a range of community facilities, including aquatic and sporting facilities; parks, playgrounds, childcare centres, roads and footpaths.
In order to fund these important services, programs and infrastructure improvements the proposed rate rise for 2015/16 is 5 per cent.
You can download a copy of the budget (pdf, 2MB) or view it in hard copy at our libraries, the Civic Centre (9 Kellaway Avenue, Moonee Ponds) and at the Flemington Community Centre (25 Mt Alexander Road, Flemington).
Submissions can be made in writing, addressed to the Chief Executive, Moonee Valley City Council, PO Box 126, Moonee Ponds 3039 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming budget challenges
In the coming financial year we will continue to be faced with a range of challenges that we will need to account for like:
- reduced funding from other levels of government and reduced financial assistance grants
- increased demands on Council infrastructure requiring greater maintenance and renewal
- increased demands for council services while the costs of providing our services are increasing at rates higher than the Consumer Price Index
- continued cost shifting from other levels of government.
For more information, please contact our Finance team on 9243 8888.
On 24 June, we adopted our 2014/15 Annual Budget (pdf, 2.17MB) which allocates:
To continue to provide all of these services and meet the growing needs of our community a 6 per cent rate rise is required in 2014/15.
In 2014/15 we will continue to offer the $20 pensioner rebate on rates (which is in addition to the State Government rebate).
The rates notice will continue to include the State Government’s Fire Services Property Levy. We collect this money and pass it onto the State Government.
All residents used to pay an Environment Charge, which was shown separately on people’s rates notice. The Environment Charge covered a range of waste management and environmental services including the weekly household garbage collection, regular recycling collection, street cleaning, removal of waste from street and park litter bins etc.
Council has decided for 2014/15 and into the future to change the Environment Charge to a Garbage Charge and move to a user pays model.
With the increase of housing diversity in Moonee Valley, like apartments, units and townhouses, there are more local buildings that provide their own private garbage collection services.
By having a separate Garbage Charge we will only charge those residents who utilise Council’s waste collection services. Those people who don’t use this service will not receive this charge on their rates notice.
How we calculate your rates
The total amount Council needs to collect in rates is divided by the value of all properties in the local area. This is how we calculate the rate in the dollar.
The rate in the dollar is then multiplied by each property value. This is how we calculate each property’s rate change.
The State Government Fire Services Levy is then added onto the rates notice as well as the new Garbage Charge.
Anyone having difficulty paying their rates can contact us for advice and assistance.
Every two years Council has a statutory requirement to conduct a review of property values based on market movements and recent sales trends. Properties in Moonee Valley will be re-valued this year and assessed as at 1 January 2014.
When conducting valuations Council must follow a statutory process set out in the Local Government Act and the Valuation of Land Act (1960). Council valuers undertake a physical inspection of properties across the municipality. Properties are conservatively assessed in recognition of changes in market forces. Council also regularly reassesses property values when individual households have undergone improvements, upgrades or renovations. These are called supplementary valuations.
For more information about our annual budget, call us on 9243 8888.