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Saturday, 21 September, 2019,23:43

It’s time to pay rates

Its the time of year when Murrindindi Shire send out rate notices to pay for roads and rubbish.

Murrindindi Shire Council Acting CEO Michael Chesworth said we know that rates time isn’t anyone’s favourite time of year, but rates income is a big part of how Council delivers the services and facilities our communities depend upon.

“While you might not use all of Council’s services and facilities all the time, they’re always there for you – and for your family, friends and neighbours. Council offers many services and facilities including road construction and maintenance, community halls, libraries, swimming pools, parks and gardens, children and family services, waste management, town planning, environmental health, emergency services, community safety, economic development and tourism,” Mr Chesworth said.

“To ensure the continued liveability our Shire and accessibility of our infrastructure for all members of our community, this year we have allocated:

  • $328,000 to footpaths
  • $105,000 to drainage
  • $200,000 to bridges and culverts
  • $4,950,000 on road renewal and upgrades
  • $4,789,000 on road and infrastructure maintenance 
  • $320,000 on environmental management

“Celebrating and encouraging diverse, caring and connected communities is an important Council goal, which is why we’re also investing:

  • $1.2m into maintenance and upgrades of our recreation, leisure and community facilities and a further $1.4m looking after the parks, gardens and open spaces around the Shire.
  • $708,000 on community safety and emergency services, including our animal management, traffic management and emergency preparation operations.
  • $512,000 on library services.
  • $1.79m on children and family services, like immunisations, day care and youth events.

“Be sure to check out the ‘Your Rates Explained’ brochure, which will come in the same envelope as your rate notice, for more information about how your rates are calculated and how Council has allocated its resources.

“This brochure also has all the details on the rates payment options available. Whether you want to pay your rates in one go, set up a quarterly instalment schedule or organise fortnightly or monthly direct debits from your bank account, we have options to help make it as easy as possible for you. “Plus, we’ve included a newsletter with the rate notices so you can catch up on the exciting programs Council has been working on in the last quarter,” Mr Chesworth added.

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