Annual Budget and Strategic Resource Plan
Maribyrnong Council aims to deliver a responsible and balanced budget that maintains excellence in service delivery, provides a strong capital program and is responsive to the growing needs of our community.
The adopted Annual Budget 2020-21 of $149.7 million includes a robust capital program valued at $52.241 million.
The Budget has been developed in line with Council’s Long Term Financial Strategy and the Council Plan 2017-21 to ensure a sustainable future. The budget will provide significant support to residents and businesses affected by COVID-19, giving much needed relief during this difficult time.
Rate increase to be put on hold:
- Council had the opportunity to take up a 2 per cent increase to rates (in line with the rate cap set by the government), however given the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the community, the decision was made to implement a 0 per cent increase.
Increase to the Pensioner Rate Rebate Scheme:
- The Pensioner Rate Rebate Scheme for all Maribyrnong pensioners eligible to participate in the State Government Pensioner Remission Scheme will increase by 2 per cent from $194.30 to $198.20.
We have reshaped our Annual Budget 2020-21 to meet the needs of local residents and businesses who have been affected by COVID-19, providing $2.5 million in support packages across a range of programs and initiatives:
- We have developed a COVID-19 Financial Hardship Policy to assist those who have been financially impacted by the pandemic.
- We have deferred the quarterly rate payments (May and September) for our businesses and residents.
- Additionally for businesses, the May quarterly payment was discounted by 50 per cent. Commercial tenants of Council owned properties affected by COVID-19 received a 50 per cent discount on rent up until June 2020. We are also waiving a range of planning application fees for small businesses starting up before 30 September 2020.
- Not-for-profit community rental payments have been waived until 30 September 2020.
- Kinder central enrolment fees have been waived until the end of 2020.
- Pet registration fees will also be waived/reimbursed for affected residents.
- To support our local arts community, we have introduced a number of initiatives, including grants (upon application) for not-for-profit community arts organisations and Maribyrnong based arts practitioners, along with rental subsidies.
- To support not-for-profit community sporting clubs, all lease, licence and ground fees will be waived until 31 December 2020, and utility and water fees will be waived until 30 September 2020.
Council is continuing the provision of more than 60 key services
Capital Projects include:
- $12.535 million for parks, open space and streetscapes in capital and improvement works including the planting of trees in streets, boulevards, and parks across the City
- $12.721 million to improve Council-owned roads across the City
- $3.060 million to build and improve footpath and cycle ways
- $1.791 million for recreational, leisure and community facilities
- $650,000 for off street carparks and other infrastructure
- $639,000 in waste management
- $320,000 for city amenity
- $80,000 for an update to the Footscray City Edge Masterplan
- $100,000 in street furniture repair and replacement
- $120,000 for additional drainage maintenance
- $100,000 for the installation of green street lights
Other highlights include:
- Provision of a new Community Arts Grants Program for projects run by arts organisations in the City of Maribyrnong, totalling $300,000.
- Sons and Daughters of the West: $70,000
- Youth after School Initiative Braybrook: $33,000
- Leaders of the Pack: $12,000