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Community feedback key to meeting Council Rate Cap

Publish Date: 20/12/2016

Moira Shire Mayor is urging Shire residents, business and visitors to have their say on ways to deliver Council services more efficiently and equitably across the Shire.

The call follows the Victorian Government’s announcement that Council rate increases will be capped at 2% in 2017/18, down from the rate cap for the current financial year of 2.5%.

Moira Shire Mayor Gary Cleveland said Council is continuing to look at ways to sustain service standards while reducing service costs

"We welcome ideas and feedback from the Moira Shire community, business and visitors to help us identify the services we can scale back, expand, discontinue or introduce," said Mayor Cleveland.

"Like many of our residents and local businesses, many of our costs including electricity, water and insurance are increasing by more than the announced cap."

"For Moira, these costs are multiplied because we provide services from a number of locations across a large Shire, with a lot of aging buildings and facilities and to a relatively small population."

Mayor Cleveland said the feedback would assist Council in developing its four year funding and service priorities as well as its 2017/18 budget.

Mayor Cleveland said Moira Shire is offering a range of ways for the community, business and visitors to have a say on the development of Council’s four year funding and service priorities and its budget for the coming year, from a quick response survey to extended feedback options.

"You can have your say online, by phone and at any of our service centres, visitor information centres and libraries. To find your nearest location visit our website at www.moira.vic.gov.au or call Council on 5871 9222," said Mayor Cleveland.

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