Annual and Long Term Business Plans and Budget 2014 2015
The Annual Business Plan sets out the proposed services, projects and programs for 2014/2015 to continue to work towards our objectives and long-term goals as set out in our Strategic Management Plan.
Council, as part of this Annual Business Plan, has focused on delivering key projects for our community including an investment of $500,000 to continue the development of our world class trail network through the Mitcham hills as well as spending $210,000 on traffic management around the Daw Park Repatriation Hospital, Mitcham Square and throughout Clapham and Panorama.
The Plan also highlights our commitment to investing in our infrastructure with $5.9 million dedicated to improving our roads, $2.5 million on upgrading our footpaths and $1 million on our kerb, watertable and stormwater. A total of $16.02 million is being invested in our infrastructure assets.
To ensure the success of the Plan and the continual development and maintenance of our City and services, homeowners will pay an average of 4.24% more in rates this financial year. This means the average residential rate will increase from $1,439 to $1,500 an increase of $61 or $1.17 per week.
This rates increase is based on a 3.04% general rate increase plus 1.2% which is a direct result of Federal and State Government cost shifting.
The Plan also provides for an operating surplus from Council operations of approximately $172,000 (excluding subsidiaries) which is in line with Council’s commitment to balance the budget by 2014/2015. Whilst the budget forecasts an operating surplus, it does rely on substantial savings of $1,045,000 being made in 2014/2015 through cost and efficiency savings. Without the delivery of these savings, the budget effectively remains in deficit. In addition to balancing the budget, Council continues to focus on keeping expenditure responsible and sustainable, whilst providing the best possible mix of services, infrastructure and facilities for our communities today.
Fees and Charges
Section 188 of the Local Government Act 1999 provides that Council may impose fees and charges by resolution.
Council is required to review the fees and charges annually and at its meeting on 10 June 2014, adopted the Schedule of Fees and Charges 2014-2015, a link to which is provided below:
Maximum Rate Increase for Residential Ratepayers
Council has extended the rate capping scheme to all rate payers who would otherwise have incurred a rate increase greater than 12.5%. A rebate will be granted automatically to eligible ratepayers. If a rebate does not appear on your rates notice and you believe you are eligible, please contact the Customer Service Centre on 8372 8888, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rates income is used to provide a range of essential everyday services such as road rehabilitation, footpath repairs and maintenance, stormwater drainage, the collection of rubbish and recyclable materials, ongoing maintenance of parks, gardens and buildings, street lighting and street cleaning, libraries, animal control, planning and enforcement of local laws.
The increase in rates income will be used to implement key strategies including maintaining the City’s ageing infrastructure, which includes our roads, footpaths and stormwater drainage systems, new footpaths and stormwater infrastructure improvements and investment to fully implement the City of Mitcham's Trails Strategy.
For further information in relation to Council rates for 2014 2015, please click here.
New and Enhanced Services for the Community
Continuation of the Trails Strategy
New Footpaths Construction
New Traffic Control Devices
New Storm-water Drainage Infrastructure
Brownhill Creek Project Works
|Mitcham Cemetery Upgrade Work|
|Relocation of the Blackwood Toy Library|
Clapham Panorama Local Traffic Plan
|Repat Hospital - Traffic Improvements|
|Mitcham Centre - Traffic Improvements|
|Internal Restoration of the Former Police Cell Building – Mitcham Cultural Village|
Incomplete New Capital Works from 2012/2013 being re-budgeted in 2013/2014 (including New Footpaths and Stormwater Improvements)
Highfield Drive Detention Basin - Desilting/Repairs
Incomplete new capital works from 2013/2014 and are being re-budgeted in 2014/2015
Re-prioritisation of new capital
One-off Projects 2014/2015
Blackwood Master Plan
Undertake Activity Centres Development Plan Amendment Review
Audit Baseball Risk at Mortlock Park
Completion of review of use and management of Community Land in Colonel Light Gardens
Leases and Licences Review Consultation
Sturt Linear Park Stage 3 - Design and Consultation
|Highfield Drive Detention Basin – De-silting/Repairs|
Stormwater Management Plans (this includes $20,000 in grant funding)
|Efficiency and Effectiveness Operating Projects|
|Corporate Systems Review|
Depot Planning Project
Chemical Waste Days
|Water Sensitive Urban Design Investigations|
Investing in Infrastructure and Service Enhancement
The City of Mitcham will be spending $16.02 million on assets including our road network, drainage systems, footpaths and community buildings.
Renewal of Assets
Kerb and Water Table
Open Space and Reserves
Fleet and Plant
Office Furniture and Equipment
Incomplete Renewal Works
Re-prioritisation of capital renewal
Council’s Capital Works Program is contained in the Annual Business Plan 2014 2015