What are the features of the Draft Budget?

  • $317 million total budget
  • $239 million operating budget to ensure Council continues to provide vital services to 275,000 residents
  • $78 million capital works program to fund vital community infrastructure
  • 6.3 per cent average residential rates and charges increase

  • What are the major projects in 2014-15?

    • Construction of the $6.4m Carlisle Park football/cricket oval and pavilion, including tennis courts, Cranbourne
    • Construction of the $4.5m Lynbrook Community Centre and Hall
    • Construction of the $3.2m Arbourlea Family and Children’s Centre, Cranbourne North
    • Completion of the $6.6m ovals, AFL and cricket pavilion and netball courts at Marriott Waters Estate, Lyndhurst
    • Design of the $3.3m Selandra Rise Family and Children’s Centre, Cranbourne East
    • Completion of the $2.2m improvements to the gymnasium at the Endeavour Hills Leisure Centre
    • Design of the synthetic athletics track at Edwin Flack Reserve, Berwick
    • Road improvements including the construction of a second entrance at Casey Fields and construction of a pedestrian crossing at Evans Road, Cranbourne
    • Upgrade of the tennis pavilion at the Pearcedale Recreation Reserve
    • Park improvements at Frog Hollow Reserve, Endeavour Hills

    What is the rate increase in percentage terms?

    In 2014-15 the rates and waste charge for residential properties will
    increase by an average of 6.3%, which equates to less than $2 per week,
    ensuring Casey’s rates continue to be among the lowest per capita.

    What are the budget pressures facing Council?

    • Increased utility costs such as water
    • Increased street lighting costs imposed on Council
    • Reduction in State and Federal Government grants
    • Meeting the needs of Casey’s continued growth including services for an ageing population and maintaining additional parks and open spaces

    Does the revaluation generate additional income for Council?

    Revaluations do not generate extra revenue for the Council, they simply redistribute the same rate revenue across properties in a different way. 

    All Councils in Victoria are required to undertake the valuation every two years.

    The purpose of the revaluation is to update Council’s measure of how much your property is worth.

    Does the Fire Services Property Levy generate additional income for Council?

    All Victorian Councils are required to collect this levy on behalf of the Victorian Government, and must pass the full amount on to the State Revenue Office.

    What if I am having difficulty paying my rates?

    Any ratepayer facing financial difficulties is encouraged to contact the Council to discuss payment options in-line with Council’s Hardship Policy.

    How can I have my say on the 2014-15 Draft Budget?

    All residents are invited to view the Draft Budget and make a submission by 17 June 2014. The Draft Budget is available for inspection at the City of Casey’s Customer Service Centres and on Council’s website at www.casey.vic.gov.au.

    To have your say visit www.caseyconversations.com.au.

    The Council will consider any written submissions and adopt the budget at a Special Council Meeting to be held at the Civic Centre, Magid Drive, Narre Warren, on 24 June 2014.