Annual Business Plan, Budget and Long Term Financial Plan

Annual Business Plan, Budget and Long Term Financial Plan 2019/20

The Annual Business Plan, Budget and Long Term Financial Plan 2019/20 sets out the proposed services, projects and works for achieving our long-term goals and objectives captured in Council’s Strategic Management Plan 2017-2027.

Council is increasing investment in footpaths and waterways as well as delivering new services to address the impact of climate change. To enhance our future environment, we will plant more trees, flood proof our City and provide drinking fountains in our parks.

In 2019/20 Council is budgeting for $63.1 million  in expenditure on delivering services as well as investing $26.6 million on capital works with a proposed underlying surplus of $1.018 million based on a rate increase of 3.67% (Including 0.99% to cover increased State Government costs).  This includes $624,000 in  new/enhanced  recurrent services (including an up front capital investment of $3.3 million).

This Plan ensures Council can continue to provide our community with the services, programs and activities they currently enjoy as well as new services such as Blackwood Football Club change rooms, Cumberland Park Soccer Pitch and continuing important work on the Brownhill Creek and Sturt Linear Park.  Details of the new services are available below.

To access the 2019/20 Annual Business Plan, Budget and Long Term Financial Plan please click on the image below.

Annual Business Plan

Copies of Previous Long Term Financial Plans can be accessed below.

New and Improved Services for the Community

The new and improved services with a one-off $2 million capital investment cost and an ongoing expenditure, of $285,000 include:

  • Accelerated tree planting program across the city to improve tree canopy on Council owned land and reduce the impact of climate change.
  • New  footpaths  to  extend  the  footpath  network  to  improve pedestrian connectivity.
  • Extend and upgrade stormwater  network  to  prevent localised flooding and update Council’s hills drainage reserve network.
  • Fund  My Neighbourhood  Playgrounds at  Price Memorial  Oval (Hawthorn), Waite Street Reserve (Blackwood), AA Bailey Reserve (Clarence Gardens) and Downer Street Reserve (Belair).
  • Continued   implementation   of the Brownhill   Keswick   Creek Stormwater Project.
  • Traffic control improvements, including upgrade of lighting to meet Australian Standards, at Hillview Road (Kingswood), Shepherds Hill Road and Hillcrest Drive (Eden Hills), Carruth Road (Torrens Park) and Birdwood Street/Hill Street roundabout (Netherby).
  • Kaurna recognition art installation in the surrounds of the Mitcham Memorial Library in recognition of the Kaurna heritage of the area.
  • Drinking fountains where needed at high use parks, gardens and sporting facilities.
  • Cumberland Park soccer pitch upgrade.
  • Blackwood Football Club change rooms.
  • Increased sporting club facility maintenance.
  • Murray Darling Association membership.
  • Sturt River Linear Park bridge works.
  • Lions Bargain Centre verandah.
  • Netherby  Reserve Tennis Club fence.
  • Quarry Face fencing.
  • Cumberland Park Community centre BBQ / wood fire oven.

Expenditure

Investing in Community Assets and Service Enhancement Council will be spending a total of $26.6 million on assets being $15.6 million on renewing existing assets, $3.8 million on reducing the asset backlog and a further $7.2 million  will be spent on constructing or acquiring new assets and enhancing services. (This includes $4 million in works from the previous year being finalised)

A summary of expenditure for the average rates is provided below:

Expenditure

Investing in Community Assets, Service Enhancements and Projects

Council will be spending a total of $25 million on assets being $15 million on renewing existing assets and reducing backlog and a further $11 million will be spent on constructing or acquiring new assets and enhancing services.

Expenditure on community assets is summarised below:

Asset Category

Replacement

$

Backlog

$

New

$

Total

$

Bridges

1,085,062

21,489

663,972

1,770,523

Bus Shelters

7,307

52,026

-

59,333

Car Parks

140,881

28,275

-

169,156

Buildings & Land

2,203,097

-

2,973,885

5,176,982

Footpath

504,676

2,795,832

585,033

3,885,541

IT Equipment

261,678

-

175,000

436,678

Office Furniture & Equipment

83,367

-

-

83,367

Parks, Gardens & Open Space

582,171

18,096

691,270

1,291,537

Plant & Equipment (incl Fleet)

2,567,448

-

-

2,567,448

Public Lighting

201,057

-

179,563

380,620

Playgrounds

486,877

-

-

486,877

Retaining Walls

69,134

-

-

69,134

Roads

7,356,649

937,599

-

8,294,248

Stormwater & Drainage (incl Brownhill & Keswick Creeks)

75,000

-

1,911,071

1,986,071

Trail Network

-

-

40,000

40,000

TOTAL

15,624,404

3,853,317

7,219,794

26,697,515

The complete capital works program can be accessed here.

Rates Summary

To ensure the success of the Plan and the continual development and maintenance of our City and services, homeowners will pay an average of 3.67% more in rates this financial year. This means the average residential rate will  increase by $62.  A summary of costs contributing to the rate increase are provided below.

Increase

Impact on Average Rate

Savings

-1.09%

-18.57

Maintaining current services

2.05%

$34.93

New and improved services*

1.16%

$19.77

Address the Asset Backlog

0.56%

$  9.54

Total Council increase

2.68%

$45.67

 IncreaseImpact on Average Rate

State Government Cost Shifting and Legislative Imposition, eg Litter and Nuisance Act

0.27%

$  4.60

State Government Waste Levy

0.72%

$12.27

Total State Government Imposed increase

0.99%

$16.87

 IncreaseImpact on Average Rate

Council increase

2.68%

$45.67

State Government Imposed increase

0.99%

$16.87

TOTAL

3.67%

$62.54

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.

Valuations

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:

Mail: GPO Box 1354, Adelaide  SA  5001

Phone: 1300 653 345

Fax: 08 8226 1428

Email: lsgobjections@sa.gov.au

Website: www.landservices.sa.gov.au

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 2019/20 the following rates will apply for different land use types:

  • Residential, Primary Production and Other Land – 0.285333 cents in the dollar on the capital value of rateable land
  • Commercial/Industrial and Vacant Land – 0.590634 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 $1,077.00.

Rebates

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.

Further Information

For further information on Council’s Annual Business Plan, Long Term Financial Plan or Rates please call Council’s Customer Service Centre on 8372 8888 or email mitcham@mitchamcouncil.sa.gov.au