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Have your say on rates and services

News Article Date: 
Sunday, 23 December 2018

Warrnambool residents are being encouraged to have their say on Council rates and services.

Council has opened an online survey which asks residents to evaluate Council services, whether funding shortfalls should be covered through a rate increase or whether they would prefer to see services cut.

“The survey follows on from a commitment made by Council earlier this month to consult with the community about a possible rate rise above the cap imposed by the Victorian Government,” Warrnambool Mayor Cr Tony Herbert said.

“The survey asks people to think about the value they place on Council services, everything from building roads and footpaths to care for the elderly and frail.

“It then asks people to think about whether they value the service enough to pay a little more to cover any funding shortfall.

“It also asks whether people would prefer to see services cut, rather than try to cover budget shortfalls.”

A print version of the survey will become available early in the New Year.

To ensure that people have ample opportunity to complete the survey it will remain open until February 9, 2019.

The next stage of the consultation will include a workshop, to be held in February, at which a panel of up to 60 community members will consider the findings from the survey.

The panel will be assembled through an expression of interest process early in the New Year.

Council will use the findings of the consultation to inform a decision on whether to apply to the Essential Services Commission for a variation to the rate cap, recently announced at 2.5 per cent by the Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek.

To complete the survey go to www.yoursaywarrnambool.com.au

 

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