Darebin City Council adopted the 2012/2013 Budget at the Council Meeting this week, after community consultation and consideration of submissions made by the public.
“I am very proud of this budget,” said Darebin Mayor, Cr Steven Tsitas.
“It delivers a range of new and existing services and programs, maintains service delivery standards, maintains a robust capital works program, whilst retiring a significant portion of our existing modest borrowing levels in preparation for future needs, such as Darebin’s contribution to unfunded superannuation liabilities.”
“All of which we will deliver with a modest 4.6% rate rise. Darebin compares very favourably against our neighbouring municipalities which have adopted rate rises of 5.5% on average.”
“This is sound financial management which will deliver for our community, now and into the future.”
This Budget proposes a number of new initiatives and maintenance of existing high levels of service to programs such as those below:
The Budget allocates new funding of $32.1 million to capital works projects in 2012/2013, including;
Nine playgrounds will also be upgraded and replaced as part of Council’s $0.57 million Playspace Renewal Program.