A RATE increase of 1.5 per cent has been flagged for Moyne Shire residents in the council's draft 2021-2022 budget.
The $51 million budget includes a $15.5 million capital works program, with $9.3 million of that going to roads - down from $10.7 million last year - and $12.3 million to asset renewal.
Key projects include $150,000 for the the Nirranda Recreation Reserve carpark, $200,000 for the Southcombe Park irrigation and $90,000 for the Purnim Recreation Reserve.
The council enters the new financial year in the black, with a $1 million surplus.
Moyne Shire mayor Daniel Meade said community feedback on the budget was welcomed.
"We definitely encourage feedback from the community," he said.
"We'll be coming back to the June meeting for the budget adoption."
Cr Jordan Lockett said $250,000 to the Railway Goods Shed was a point of pride in the budget.
"The previous council should hang its head in shame that nothing has been done at the shed, it was 1977 when the last train left Port Fairy," he said.
The 2021-22 draft budget incorporates a 1.5 per cent increase in rates and charges.
If the budget was adopted, the council would make $842,000 more from rates and charges, with an income of $24.7 million, up from $23.9 million in 2020-2021.
Income from waste management would be $4 million and kerbside rubbish services $4.1 million.
Waste collection would be $376 per rateable property, up $20, and the landfill levy up to $21.50 from $13.40.
The draft budget flags renewable energy as an area of priority and adds additional resources to help manage developments.
$1.09 million would be spent on economic development and major energy projects, compared to to $595,000 in the previous budget.
Caravan parks income is tipped to be $3.9 million, an increase of $435,000.
Management of the Port of Port Fairy will bring in $809,000, up from $747,000 last year.
Environmental management spend would be $823,000, compared to $721,000.
Under proposed changes, council's income from child care would increase from $1.2 million to $1.3 million, and kindergarten and pre-school income from $1.4 to $1.5 million, with fees poised to increase.
Maternal and child health income would increase from $313,000 to $329,000.
Aged and disability services income would increase from $1.6 million to $1.7 million.
Fees and charges are set to increase, including town planning, health licenses and dog and cat charges which would bring in $479,000, an increase of $36,000.
Total user fees would increase by $1.1 million to $9.5 million, including local trader fees and permits.
That includes a $1.2 million increase on caravan park and lodge fees to $3.9 million, a $12,000 increase on building fees and $26,000 increase on port fees and charges.
The caravan park costs for Port Fairy Folk Festival weekend will remain unchanged, at $120 for a powered site per adult and $69 for kids, plus vehicle fees.
The budget includes $16.68 million in state and federal government grants - $12.7 million from the commonwealth and $3.9 million from the Victorian government.
Employee costs would increase by $1.2 million to $20.4 million.
The public has two weeks to give feedback on the draft budget.
The budget will be adopted at a special council meeting on June 29.
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