Moyne Shire Council eases the pain of rates gain

MOYNE Shire Council’s  annual rates bills will be tempered  slightly under a proposed budget which sets a 4.9 per cent  increase to achieve a $750,000 surplus.

The draft budget to be unveiled this afternoon at Port Fairy shows the proposed rise is  lower than the long-term recommended hike of  5.75 per cent and the five per cent rises for the previous two financial years. General rates and charges are expected to bring in $18.97 million including $1.4m from energy generating companies.

However, the proposed capital works expenditure has been trimmed back to $14.9m compared with $20.6m this financial year and $15.44m for 2012-13. Capital spending will include $8.5m on roads.

Other items on the agenda include a planning permit application for a two-storey house at Ritchie Street on land that council officers say is flood prone, a call for support from the Great South Coast to oppose exploration and extraction of coal seam gas and shale oil gas by fracking and a call for Moyne involvement in the Warrnambool saleyards issue.

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