From our new plans and strategies
Results of previous community engagement activities.
Thanks to all who participated in the first round of engagement.
We asked you to tell us 3 service areas where you would like us to allocate more money in the budget, and 3 areas where you would like us to allocate less. You told us…….You would like MORE money allocated in the budget towards:
You would like LESS money allocated in the budget towards:
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Our Councillors thank you for your contribution to the first round of engagement which has been taken into account in preparing the draft 23/24 Council budget along with a range of other considerations which impact on budget decisions such as:
The draft 23/24 Council budget. The draft budget proposes:
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The annual budget funds a range of services to meet the diverse needs of our community and to deliver the community priorities outlined in our Council Plan.
We are now seeking community feedback as we prepare the draft 2023-24 annual budget to continue to deliver on the Council Plan.
Please complete the survey to provide us with your feedback to help shape the 23/24 budget.
From our new plans and strategies
Results of previous community engagement activities.
Annual CPI (Consumer Price Index) movement.
Enterprise Bargaining Agreement implications.
Capital budget changes
New or updated service contracts
Fees & Charges
New legislative requirements.
Population changes and impacts.
The Essential Services Commission sets the rate cap every year to limit the maximum amount by which a council can increase rates and municipal charges.
Superannuation Guarantee, WorkCover, EPA landfill waste levy
Gas, Electricity , Water
International and domestic economic growth, financial markets, business investment levels, inflationary pressures, supply chain disruption, labour market forces, construction resource supply and demand, government policies and economic implications of natural disasters, COVID and conflicts such as the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
About the budget
The current budget reflects Council’s responsible financial management, which has enabled more than $318m of capital works over four years to be included in the budget and all vital community services to be maintained or enhanced.
The current budget allocation for capital works in the financial year 2023–24 is approximately $90m, subject to recalibrating of the program and carryovers, with $57m budgeted for roads and intersection upgrade programs, including the $9m ‘Princes Highway Intersection upgrades’ and $26m ‘Sealing the Hills’ programs funded in partnership with the Australian Government.
General rates in 2022-23 increased by 1.75 per cent, in line with the Victorian Government’s rate cap. This figure is 5.65% lower than the September 2022 Melbourne Consumer Price Index (CPI), which puts considerable pressure on Victorian councils to deliver services with significantly reduced and constrained rates revenue.
For more information, visit www.cardinia.vic.gov.au/budget
Cardinia Shire’s lower rate environment requires a review of its services and capital works program and to source alternative funding. The existing rate cap does not allow Council to meet service contract cost increases, enterprise agreement commitments and material and labour supply disruptions and cost increases.
Refinement of service demand and service levels in respect of community assets and infrastructure impact asset maintenance and renewal expenditure.
Significant shortages in the supply of materials and labour caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Ukraine conflict. This is resulting in contract costs escalating particularly for capital and increasing project risk exposure, forcing council to reassess project scopes, delivery timeframes and funding sources.
We are developing different ways of working and making council facilities more akin to provide hybrid work environment and more services to move electronically for the convenience of our community.
These are occurrences of unknown timing and significantly impact Council's resources. Events such as severe storm damage, floods and bushfires require the mobilisation and re-direction of resources within Council to respond to these events in supporting our community and liaising with state government and key emergency service providers.
This occurs where Local Government provides a service to the community on behalf of the State or Federal Government. Over time the funds received by Local Governments do not increase in line with real cost increases. Council also still plays a role in maintaining Crown land reserves and has some exposure to infrastructure owned by other State authorities.
Councils across Australia raise approximately 3% of the total taxation collected by all levels of Government in Australia. In addition, Councils are entrusted with the maintenance of more than 30% of all Australian public assets including roads, bridges, parks, footpaths and public buildings. This means that a large proportion of Council's income must be allocated to the maintenance and replacement of these valuable public assets in order to ensure the quality of public infrastructure is maintained at satisfactory levels.
will continue to place significant stress on Council's resources. The Cardinia Shire population forecast for 2026 is 154,741 (23%).
The value of developer contributed assets and completed capital works, together with an increase in the value of existing assets, are significantly increasing depreciation and maintenance expenditure.
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