Community Conversations: Rate Capping

Consultation has concluded

UPDATE: At the March Council meeting, Council announced it will prepare the 2016/17 budget based on a 2.5% rate rise (the State Government cap).

In February, we presented a list of potential service and infrastructure cuts to the community to meet the cap. Following the consultation, some small changes have been made to enable the school crossing supervision, fire prevention and infrastructure projects that were listed to continue for 2016/17.

We've prepared some information about how we plan to meet the cap.

Survey Results

More than 900 responses were received via hardcopy and the online survey below. 78% selected a 2.5% rate increase and 17% opted for 4.5%. A number also wrote lower amounts or did not select an option, but their comments clearly showed a preference for a 2.5% or lower rise.

We would like to thank everyone who participated in the Community Conversations consultation in 2015 and 2016 to help inform this decision.

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Despite implementing a range of efficiency measures and staff reductions over the last three years, Mitchell Shire Council will need to consider reducing services and infrastructure investment under a 2.5% rate cap.

The State Government announced the cap late last year which will strip $633,000 from Council’s budget in the first year and $44 million over 10 years.

Reductions to school crossing supervision; fire prevention; grants; and opening hours for customer service, libraries and leisure centres are on the cards to meet the rate cap.

Previously planned infrastructure improvements including netball change rooms and courts in Seymour, footpath and stadium upgrades in Wallan and sporting oval improvements in Broadford are also in jeopardy.

Considering these potential impacts, Mitchell Shire Council is asking the community to indicate their rating preference based on a 4.5% or 2.5% rate increase scenario.

For a $300,000 house, a 2.5% rate increase would be an extra $1 a week ($52 a year) and a 4.5% rate increase would be an extra $1.80 a week or $94 a year.

Your input will help inform a decision in March about whether to apply for a rate cap exemption.

Please read the information in Step 1 (or the PDFs in the document library) and then complete our short survey in Step 2 to indicate your service and infrastructure preferences.

To complete this survey you must be registered for Engaging Mitchell, please register or sign in. This is to prevent multiple submissions. If you would still like to complete the survey, but do not want to register for the site, you can pick up a hard copy at any Customer and Library Service Centre and make your submission there. All information gathered during the registration process is taken in accordance with our privacy policy.

UPDATE: At the March Council meeting, Council announced it will prepare the 2016/17 budget based on a 2.5% rate rise (the State Government cap).

In February, we presented a list of potential service and infrastructure cuts to the community to meet the cap. Following the consultation, some small changes have been made to enable the school crossing supervision, fire prevention and infrastructure projects that were listed to continue for 2016/17.

We've prepared some information about how we plan to meet the cap.

Survey Results

More than 900 responses were received via hardcopy and the online survey below. 78% selected a 2.5% rate increase and 17% opted for 4.5%. A number also wrote lower amounts or did not select an option, but their comments clearly showed a preference for a 2.5% or lower rise.

We would like to thank everyone who participated in the Community Conversations consultation in 2015 and 2016 to help inform this decision.

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Despite implementing a range of efficiency measures and staff reductions over the last three years, Mitchell Shire Council will need to consider reducing services and infrastructure investment under a 2.5% rate cap.

The State Government announced the cap late last year which will strip $633,000 from Council’s budget in the first year and $44 million over 10 years.

Reductions to school crossing supervision; fire prevention; grants; and opening hours for customer service, libraries and leisure centres are on the cards to meet the rate cap.

Previously planned infrastructure improvements including netball change rooms and courts in Seymour, footpath and stadium upgrades in Wallan and sporting oval improvements in Broadford are also in jeopardy.

Considering these potential impacts, Mitchell Shire Council is asking the community to indicate their rating preference based on a 4.5% or 2.5% rate increase scenario.

For a $300,000 house, a 2.5% rate increase would be an extra $1 a week ($52 a year) and a 4.5% rate increase would be an extra $1.80 a week or $94 a year.

Your input will help inform a decision in March about whether to apply for a rate cap exemption.

Please read the information in Step 1 (or the PDFs in the document library) and then complete our short survey in Step 2 to indicate your service and infrastructure preferences.

To complete this survey you must be registered for Engaging Mitchell, please register or sign in. This is to prevent multiple submissions. If you would still like to complete the survey, but do not want to register for the site, you can pick up a hard copy at any Customer and Library Service Centre and make your submission there. All information gathered during the registration process is taken in accordance with our privacy policy.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded at 5.30pm 7 March 2016. Thank you to everyone who has participated.

    Rate capping: what is your preference?

    The State Government has introduced a rate cap of 2.5% for all Victorian councils. 

    This will remove $633,000 from Mitchell Shire Council's 2016/17 budget. 

    Mitchell Shire Council is seeking community input to confirm community preferences for service and infrastructure levels. 

    This information will help inform a decision in March about whether to apply for a rate cap exemption for 2016/17.

    To complete this survey you must be registered for Engaging Mitchell, please register or sign in. This is to prevent multiple submissions. If you would still like to complete the survey, but do not want to register for the

    The State Government has introduced a rate cap of 2.5% for all Victorian councils. 

    This will remove $633,000 from Mitchell Shire Council's 2016/17 budget. 

    Mitchell Shire Council is seeking community input to confirm community preferences for service and infrastructure levels. 

    This information will help inform a decision in March about whether to apply for a rate cap exemption for 2016/17.

    To complete this survey you must be registered for Engaging Mitchell, please register or sign in. This is to prevent multiple submissions. If you would still like to complete the survey, but do not want to register for the site, you can pick up a hard copy at any Customer and Library Service Centre and make your submission there. All information gathered during the registration process is taken in accordance with our privacy policy. 

    Consultation has concluded