The City of Greater Bendigo is inviting community engagement to help guide the 2024/2025 Budget and provide feedback on the City’s services that you value the most.
The Budget makes day-to-day life in Greater Bendigo possible, funding 68 important services and maintaining and renewing infrastructure valued and used by the community.
The City’s annual Budget revenue comes from rates (around 60 per cent of income), user fees and charges and government grants.
Mayor Cr Andrea Metcalf said it was important for community members to get involved early to inform Budget planning.
“Your involvement at the start of the Budget process is an opportunity for us to know which City services you value the most to help inform the 2024/2025 Budget,” Cr Metcalf said.
“These public insights will be collated and reviewed alongside other considerations, such as our funding commitments for 68 services, works and renewal planned in the next financial year and multi-year projects that have already started. It’s a good way for us to check in on what matters to you.
“The City welcomes your input, but we also must be mindful that this is going to be a challenging Budget.
“The reality of operating under rate-capping with costs on the rise means there is less income available to fund new projects and initiatives – this is why community input early in the Budget process is so important.”
As part of the online public engagement for the Budget, residents are invited to complete a short survey in the form of a ‘Budget funding tool’. The scenario asks you to decide how you would allocate $100 across 14 core services that the City provides.
“This public engagement will help Councillors understand community priorities and recurring themes and it will help inform the drafting of next year’s Budget and Council Plan actions.”
For the second year in a row, the City will be guided by the Local Government Act 2020 which no longer requires a draft Budget to be exhibited for 28 days.
Community members may be contacted if Councillors are seeking additional information about priorities provided as part of the engagement process.
The City is working towards presenting a proposed Budget for adoption at the Council meeting in May 2024.
Residents who do not have online access to Let’s Talk Greater Bendigo can send details of the services they value by post via City of Greater Bendigo PO Box 733, Bendigo, Vic 3552, or hand in a letter at the Bendigo Customer Service Centre (Galkangu – Bendigo GovHub, 189-229 Lyttleton Terrace) or Heathcote Customer Service Centre (125 High Street, Heathcote).
Please address the letter to Financial Strategy/Budget engagement 2024/2025.