DESPITE councillors reportedly having held detailed discussions on the Shire of Gingin’s strategic community and corporate business plans prior to meeting to consider its 2019-20 Budget councillors still had many questions for staff on Friday, July 19.
Although the shire had advertised that its special Budget meeting would start at 3pm Yanchep News Online had to wait outside the council chambers until about 4.20pm.
Once allowed inside the council chambers Yanchep News Online gathered from some councillors’ comments that by and large the shire had a Budget that balanced but that there were lessons that everyone could learn from.
Then President Sam Collard moved a detailed motion, which was passed unanimously, that the Budget be adopted.
The agenda for the special meeting said the 2019-20 Budget had been prepared with a 2.75 per cent increase in the dollar across UV (unimproved value) and GRV (gross rental value) rated properties with a minimum UV rate of $1400 and $1110 for GRV properties with full payment or first instalments due on September 11.
A 7.5 per cent differential rate in the dollar was applied with a minimum of $2548.
The officer’s report prepared for the meeting said waste charges would increase by about 7 per cent for the 2019-20 financial year.
The waste management fee for UV and GRV property owners will go up from $103 to $114 while the rubbish collection-sanitary disposal fee will increase from $211 to $226.
Of the $29.8 million expenditure about $14.4m would be spent on capital works with the remainder going towards operating costs.
Some of the shire’s 2019-20 capital roadworks program includes pavement reconstruction, widen seal and clearing on Orange Springs Rd (fully state government funded as part of the aglime strategy), final seal and pavement reconstruction and widen seal on Sappers Rd and install caravan parking area for Lancelin Caravan Park on Hopkins St.
Community group projects will benefit from the shire’s investment of $171,750 – the Ellen Brockman Integrated Catchment council will receive $15,000 for natural resource management and support in the greater Gingin area, the Gingin Camp Draft Club will get $16,840 towards a generator for the Gingin equestrian grounds, $12,500 will go to the Gingin District Community Resource centre for its 2018-19 tourism initiative, the Lancelin Chamber of Commerce & Industry will receive $15,000 to go towards the Lancelin Ocean Classic Festival, the St John Ambulance Lancelin Districts Centre will get an annual contribution of $18,000 towards six ambulances and $500 will go to the Stable Fly Action Group for its public liability insurance.
Provision has also been made for a voluntary coastal erosion levy of $25 on all rateable assessments.
Cemetery charges, including burial and exhumation fees, have also been increased.
Following the Salaries and Allowances Tribunal April 9 determination the president’s meeting allowance will be $15,150 while councillors will receive $8080 each.
The president will get an additional $16,160 and the deputy president an extra $4040.
All the councillors will get a $2040 information communication technology allowance.