Draft Budget 2019-2020 and adjusted Council Plan

Consultation closed on Wednesday, June 12, 2019.

Wodonga Council endorsed the draft budget 2019-2020 and adjusted council plan for public exhibition at the May council meeting.

The draft budget includes an effective drop of 2.58 per cent to overall rates and charges with a significant reduction in the waste management levy of $112.

The reduction realises the council’s aim of addressing the Victorian Ombudsman’s recommendation regarding the levy in full within two years, one year earlier than prescribed.

This budget includes a proposed rate increase of 2.5 per cent, in line with the state rate cap, however, ratepayers will see a 2.58% decrease due to the waste management levy changes.

For the seventh consecutive year, there are no new borrowings in this budget.

Our assets continue to be well-managed and our renewals fully funded now and in the long-term capital plan. This draft budget includes $5.4 million for renewing our community assets.

The capital program of $15 million will see major projects continued to be delivered across the city including the start of the library gallery redevelopment.

Significant items in the draft 2019-2020 budget include:

  • Logic gas gate;
  • Lawrence St bridge replacement and road reconfiguration;
  • Baranduda Boulevard and John Schubert Drive intersection;
  • Whytes Rd and Murray Valley Highway intersection;
  • Car parking upgrades at Baranduda Reserve, Emerald Oval and Gayview Park;
  • Footpath connections at Baranduda;
  • Shade and shelters at Willow Park;
  • New dog park;
  • Installation of seating and water bubblers; and
  • Street and reserve tree planting.

Hard copies of the budget can be reviewed at the council’s customer service centre in High St, Wodonga Library and community centres.

May 14, 2019

At the May council meeting, the draft budget 2019-2020 and the adjusted council plan were endorsed for public exhibition.

June 12, 2019

The exhibition period has closed. A special meeting to hear budget submissions will be held on Monday, June 17 at 9am at The Cube Wodonga.