The 2018–19 Budget was adopted on 26 June 2018. The key points are as follows:
The rate rise
- The proposed budget is based on a rate increase of 2.25 per cent. This is in line with the new Fair Go Rates System (FGRS) which has capped rates increases by Victorian councils to the forecast movement of 2.25 per cent based on the forecasted Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Wage Price Index movements for the financial year 2018–19.
- The average rates per assessment for 2018–19 is estimated at $1,393.
New capital expenditure
The capital budget of $39 million (excluding carry forwards) includes funding for asset renewals, upgrades and expansions. The capital works program includes, but is not limited to:
- Major Projects — this includes design works for Carnegie Sports Precinct, pavilion forward design works and construction at King George VI Reserve and Murrumbeena Park ($2.76 million).
- Strategic Projects — Activity Centre Streetscape Works, Structure Plan designs at Elsternwick, Bentleigh and Carnegie and Integrated Transport Strategy Implementation design ($2.87 million).
- Community Facilities — comprises buildings and building improvements, upgrade and renewal of community facilities; Municipal offices; sports facilities; and pavilions ($2.68 million).
- Community Safety — this includes safety projects: cross intersection, pedestrian and safer speed limits; school safety; shopping centres; sustainable transport; disabled parking upgrades and new footpaths ($965,000).
- Recreation and Open Space — this includes open space initiatives; parks; playing surfaces; and playground equipment ($6.02 million).
- Sustainability — street lighting upgrade, installation of LED lights; park lighting energy efficiency upgrade; and photovoltaic systems on council assets to generate renewable energy ($2.56 million).
- Renewal Projects — this includes the renewal and upgrade of Council’s major infrastructure assets, such as: road reconstruction; drainage improvement; footpaths; local road resurfacing and carparks. Other renewals include: plant and machinery; furniture and equipment; information technology and telecommunications; and library collections ($21.15 million).
Waste and recycling charges
Waste and recycling charges are levied on the basis of cost recovery and the fees have increased accordingly. Residential Garbage Charges for 2018–19 are set at:
- Large 240L Waste Charge $416 (including an estimated $49 State Levy) ($366 in 2017–18)
- Small 120L Waste Charge $207 (including an estimated $24 State Levy) ($177 in 2017–18)
- Residential Flat Shared Bins (240L) Waste Charge $207 per assessment (including an estimated $24 State Levy) ($177 in 2017–18)
- 240L Family Bin $279 (including an estimated $49 State Levy) ($256 in 2017–18)
- Medical 240L Waste Charge $207 (including an estimated $49 State Levy) ($177 in 2017–18)
- Litter Management Charge $56 ($54 in 2017–18)
The combined State and Council pensioner rebate will be maintained at a total of $270, which is higher than in most Victorian municipalities.
Fire Service Property Levy
From 1 July 2013, the State Government commenced using Local Governments’ rate systems as a collection agent for the Fire Services Property Levy. The levy is listed on Council rate notices, collected by Councils and paid to the State Government.
Early Learning Centre fees
These fees are proposed as follows: for zero to three-year-olds, $133 per day ($130 in 2017–18), for three to five-year-olds, $125 per day ($122 in 2017–18). These fees are below mid-point of fees across Glen Eira. Actual costs will depend on the Commonwealth Government rebate in individual circumstances.
Public open space
Council provides open space for recreation, nature conservation and passive outdoor enjoyment. This includes parks, reserves, gardens, larger urban and civic spaces and forecourts as shown by completed projects within the Open Space Strategy.
2018–19 Annual Budget(PDF, 3MB)