Annual Business Plan and Budget and Long Term Financial Plan
Annual Business Plan and Budget 2015/2016
The Annual Business Plan sets out the proposed services, projects and programs for 2015/2016 to continue to work towards our objectives and long-term goals set out in Council’s Strategic Management Plan.
Council has budgeted to spend $54.2 million delivering services and projects to the community and is budgeting for an underlying surplus from Council operations of $1.14 million. This relies on a substantial savings of $1.2 million being made through cost and efficiency savings. The budgeted underlying surplus allows us to repay debt within 20 years, in keeping with Council’s debt repayment commitment.
The Plan also highlights our commitment to investing in our community assets with $7.2 million dedicated to improving our roads, $2.4 million for new local stormwater infrastructure, $3.6 million on upgrading and constructing new footpaths and $2.7 for improvements to sporting clubrooms and community buildings, playgrounds and open space. A total of $24.8 million is being invested in our community 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 3.8% more in rates this financial year. This means the average residential rate will increase from $1,510 to $1,567 an increase of $57 or $1.10 per week based upon;
- 2.71% for the continued provision of existing services and fund the repayment of debt over 20 years; plus
- 0.80% to cover new and improved services, in addition to maintain existing services; plus
- 0.29% to cover cost shifting through taxes, levies and reduced grant funding from State and Federal Government.
Rates income is the major source of funding used to provide a range of essential everyday services to the community such as:
- Road rehabilitation, footpath repairs and maintenance
- Stormwater drainage
- Collection of rubbish and recyclable materials
- Ongoing maintenance of parks, gardens and buildings
- Street lighting and street cleaning
- Animal control
- Planning and enforcement of local laws
Income of $47.9 million will be raised from rates and $8.4 million from other sources including use fees and charges and State and Federal Grants.
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 23 June 2015, adopted the Schedule of Fees and Charges 2015-2016, a link to which is provided below:
Investing in Infrastructure and Service Enhancement
Council will be spending $20.1 million on renewing existing assets and reducing backlog and a further $4.7 million will be spent on constructing or acquiring new assets and enhancing services.
Council’s Capital Works Program is contained in the Annual Business Plan 2015 2016 and available here 2015 2016 Capital Works Program.
Improving Community Assets
Plant and Fleet
Trails and Cycleways
Land and Buildings (Community, Civic and Sporting)
Open Space, Reserves and Sports Facilities
Kerb and Watertable
Brownhill and Keswick Creek
Office Furniture and Equipment
New and Enhanced Services for the Community
Sturt Linear Park
Brownhill Creek Stormwater Management Plan
Mitcham Trails Network
|Sleeps Hills Reserve Fencing|
|Shade Over Playgrounds|
|Civic Centre Solar Panels|
|Pocket Park at Blackwood|
|Water Sensitive Urban Design|
CCTV Windy Point
Avenue Road Skate Park Addition
One-off Projects 2015/2016
Delivery of the Trails Strategy
Traffic Control Devices
Asset Management ASSETIC updates and Asset Management Plan
Sport and Recreational Strategy
|Scanning of Archived Development Applications|
Integrated Transport and Traffic Strategy
|Integrated Bike Plan|
Resilient South – Implementation of Regional Climate Change Adaption Plan – Year 1
|Records Management Scanning/Archiving and Reporting Project|
|LED Lighting Trials|
Asset Revaluation – Open Space Assets
Operation Review of the City of Mitcham Library Services
Review of Council’s Corporate Systems
Regional Play Space Investigation
Red Cross REDiPlan – Emergency Preparedness and Recovery Partnership Proposal
Council Wide Public Art Policy
Strategic Management Plan Review / Development
Multicultural Food and Music Festival – Year 1
Hayman Retreat Traffic Consultation
Shared Community Garden Development
Emerging Project Priorities
|Stormwater Management Plan|
Council has a rate capping scheme available to all rate payers subject to eligibility criteria. This is designed to assist ratepayers who would otherwise have incurred a rate increase greater than 12.5%. For details of eligibility call 8372 8888, or visit www.mitchamcouncil.sa.gov.au.
For further information in relation to Council rates for 2015 2016, please click here.
The City of Mitcham continues to use capital values as a basis for calculating rates and adopts the capital values provided by the State Valuation Office.
If you believe that your property value is incorrect you may object within 60 days of receiving your first rates notice.
Objections must be forwarded to the State Valuation Office:
Please note that Council has no role in this process.
Rates based on Land use (differential rate)
Council uses land use as a factor to apply differential rates. If you believe a property has been incorrectly classified as to its land use then a written objection may be made (to the Council) within 60 days of receiving the notice. Council may, for good reason determine to accept an objection lodged outside this time period.
For 2015/2016 the following rates will apply for different land use types:
- Residential, Primary Production and Other Land – 0.303327 cents in the dollar on the capital value of rateable land
- Commercial/Industrial and Vacant Land – 0.609672 cents in the dollar on the capital value of rateable land
Council has also fixed a minimum amount payable by way of the general rates of $955 being 57% of the average rate of all rateable properties.
Natural Resources Management (NRM) Levy
Council collects and passes on a regional NRM Levy on all rateable properties on behalf of the State Government in relation to the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board.
The NRM Board invests this Levy in managing and protecting priority water, land, marine and biodiversity assets. For general NRM Levy enquiries please call the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board on 8273 9100.
Rebates are available to eligible properties, Council has a Postponement of Rates for Seniors Scheme and also applies a rate capping scheme to all properties to ensure that significant increases in rates are moderated over time.
The State Government have announced a new cost of living concession that replaces concessions including all concessions applied to Council rates.
New Cost of Living Concession
Pensioners and low-income earners who own their own home
$190 per annum
$200 per annum
Self-funded retirees who hold Commonwealth Seniors Health Card* who own their own home
$100 per annum
$100 per annum
* Assumes recipients held a State Seniors Card.
The concessions will be paid by the State Government direct to recipients in 2015/2016 by cheque. Payments are expected to be made to homeowners in September 2015. That means that pensioners and concession card holders will no longer receive a rebate on Council rates.
Homeowners who currently receive the council rate concession will not need to apply separately for this concession.
For further information contact the State Government Concession Hotline on 1800 307 758.
How You Can Pay Your Rates
Rates may be paid by instalments or in full. Rates paid in full by 15 September 2015 will attract a 1% discount. Council provides several payment options which are shown on the rate notice.