2020/21 Draft Business Plans

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  • Last chance to Have Your Say

    Draft ABP 2020/21: Supporting growth, investing in renewal, and securing our financial future.

  • Footpath shading and tree replacement

    One of the 11 new/enhanced initiatives in our draft budget is an increase to our footpath shading and tree replacement program. It will ensure that any tree that might be removed from a streetscape will be replaced, resulting in no net loss on our current street tree numbers. 

    This will not only help amenity of the City, but increase comfort during warmer months.

    This is just one part of our plan - we want to know what you think. Please view all of the plans, and  leave feedback before 16 June

    Draft ABP 2020/21: Supporting growth, investing in renewal, and securing our financial future.

  • How does this budget help at this difficult time?

    For 2020/21 we have identified over $2.5 million in savings. $1.151 million is ongoing savings and will not only benefit this year’s budget, but also our long term financial sustainability.

    We have also $1.644 million of short term savings measures that this year will be specifically used to offset any rate increase caused by inflation (also known as the General Index).

    These savings have helped us keep this year’s rate increase to a historic low of 0.45%, while still delivering all our existing services as well as introducing 11 new services and maintaining long term financial stability. The majority of the rate increase (0.39%) goes towards covering the Waste Levy – a State Government cost that must be paid on every tonne of waste Council collects and takes to landfill.

    This is just one part of our plan - we want to know what you think. Please view all of the plans, and leave your feedback before 16 June.

    Draft ABP 2020/21: Supporting growth, investing in renewal, and securing our financial future.

  • We want to hear from you

    The plan covers how we allocate your rates, so it's important that we hear from you. We have been explaining key parts of the plan over the last couple of weeks and there is more information to come.

    If you have any questions about it, please let us know. We encourage you to view the documents and have your say by 16 June.

    Draft ABP 2020/21: Supporting growth, investing in renewal, and securing our financial future.

  • Rate increase

    • The State Government increased the Waste Levy which must be paid on every tonne of waste Council collects and takes to landfill
    • 0.39% of the increase covers this cost shift from the State Government
    • If we didn’t cover this cost, we would be spending more than we earn, which is against the principles of our strategy to breakeven and become financially sustainable

    What does that mean for you? A 0.45% rates increase is approximately $7* per year increase on rates for a house valued at $242,000.

    This is just one part of our plan - we want to know what you think. Please view all of the plans, and leave your feedback here before 16 June.

    Draft ABP 2020/21: Supporting growth, investing in renewal, and securing our financial future.


    *Please note that the updated valuation data for 2020/21 is yet to be received from the Valuer-General. Therefore figures supplied are estimates only, until 2020/21 rates modelling can be completed.

  • New services and projects

    Introducing the 11 new initiatives is about making sure we keep up with growth in the city as well as renew and replace infrastructure in our established suburbs. They include:

    • · New Northern Adelaide School Shared Use Facilities
    • · Virginia Main Street Upgrade – Supplementary Funding
    • · Virginia Main Street - Institute Park and Gawler Road Entry Statement
    • · Stormwater Deeds - Stebonheath Road Culvert
    • · Footpath Shading/Tree Replacement
    • · New Footpath Projects
    • · Open Space Minor Projects
    • · Sport and Recreation Minor Projects
    • · Goulds Creek Road Acquisition and Upgrade
    • · Reach Slashing Program
    • · Tractor Slashing Program

    Find out more about each of these initiatives by viewing the plans, and leaving your feedback before 16 June.

    Draft ABP 2020/21: Supporting growth, investing in renewal, and securing our financial future.

  • What is council’s plan for debt?

    We are focused on not incurring any more operating debt by achieving ongoing breakeven positions. We are also looking at ways we can repurpose assets to pay off old debt. We are starting to see positive results with a breakeven budget planned for 2020/21.

    But reducing debt will take time – it is not something that will happen in one, two or even three budget cycles.

    It also doesn’t mean we won’t incur new debt. We still need to pay for things like new roads and community building and instead of saving the money up to build these things, we might borrow the money and the debt can be paid off over the life of the asset. It’s a bit like buying a house; it’s rare that people pay for it up front, but will instead borrow the money and pay off the mortgage over time.

    This is just one part of our plan - we want to know what you think. Please view all of the plans, and leave your feedback before 16 June.

    Draft ABP 2020/21: Supporting growth, investing in renewal, and securing our financial future.

  • How is the budget being allocated?

    • 99% of our operating budget supports the delivery of existing services; library services, youth programs and supporting our older community
    • Council will spend over $19.5 million of its capital budget on renewing or replacing existing assets such as roads, kerbs and footpaths

    This is just one part of our plan - we want to know what you think. View all of the plans, and  leave your feeback before 16 June.

    Draft ABP 2020/21: Supporting growth, investing in renewal, and securing our financial future.

  • Breakeven

    Breakeven means we won’t borrow money to fund our everyday operations – we will only spend what we earn. This is like a family making sure it uses wages to pay for its weekly groceries, as opposed to buying food on a credit card, which means going in to debt.

    This is important for Council as we don’t want debt from funding everyday operations. This is what we call bad debt. Making sure we don’t incur bad debt is a key part of our long term strategy to become financially sustainable.

    Draft ABP 2020/21: Supporting growth, investing in renewal, and securing our financial future.

     

  • Growing and ageing

    Our proposed budget strikes a balance between meeting the demands of rapid growth, while also replacing ageing infrastructure like stormwater and footpaths in established parts of the city.

    • 99% of our budget supports the delivery of existing services; roads that will be fixed, rubbish that will be collected and verges that will be mowed.
    • Council will spend over $19.5 million of its capital budget on renewing or replacing existing assets such as kerbs, footpaths, roads and leisure and sporting facilities.

    This is just one part of our plan - we want to know what you think. Please view all of the plans, and provide your feedback here before 16 June.

    Draft ABP 2020/21: Supporting growth, investing in renewal, and securing our financial future.

  • Draft Annual Business Plan

    We understand Annual Business Plans can be complex, so over this consultation period we will be explaining what this plan means to you with regular social media posts so you remain informed and have an opportunity to have your say.

    Here are some of the key things you need to know about this year’s draft Annual Business Plan:

    • This budget is just one year of a decade long strategy for Council to manage its debt and become more sustainable. A key part of that strategy is to be break-even – and this budget delivers on that strategy. Break-even ensures that our debt from deficits won’t increase: we will only spend what we earn.
    • 99% of the budget is being spent on our everyday service delivery - verge mowing, rubbish collection, roads and parks maintenance, community centres and libraries - the things that you have told us are important to you.
    • 1% of the budget will go towards projects we have committed to, like the Virginia Main Street, and other initiatives which are important for us to do in the coming year (Stormwater Deeds, new Northern Adelaide School shared use facilities, footpath shading/tree replacement amongst others.)
    • We are proposing a rate increase of .45% which equates to approximately $7* per year for a resident with a home valued at $242,000. The .45% will cover the State Government waste levy cost impost and still fund some of the important initiatives planned to support the growth and renewal of our City.

    We are here to support you and encourage you to have read over the plan and provide feedback via the Feedback Form before consultation closes on June 16.

    We understand Covid-19 has been a tough time for everyone and as restrictions ease and we return back to a new normal, we need to continue to remain future focused and work with you on what needs to be delivered in the 2020/21 year.

    *Please note that the updated valuation data for 2020/21 is yet to be received from the Valuer-General. Therefore figures supplied are estimates only, until 2020/21 rates modelling can be completed.