Why we're consulting

Each year we develop a budget that aligns with the objectives of our community vision and Council Plan while also considering the changing needs and priorities of the community.

The budget is an important document as it outlines how we will deliver services and programs to our community.

Understanding the community’s priorities through this consultation, will help us shape the development of the draft Budget 2024-2025.

The draft budget 2024-2025 will then be presented to the community for further feedback in May 2024.

Note

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Background information

The budget funds important services and the construction and maintenance of infrastructure.

Each year we develop a budget that aligns with the objectives of our community vision and Council Plan while also considering the changing needs and priorities of the community.

The budget is an important document as it outlines how we will deliver services and programs to our community.

It covers services like:

  • Managing waste;
  • Upgrading our infrastructure, community facilities and parks;
  • Operating our community venues like the library and sporting precincts; and,
  • Providing events and services to people at all stages of life.

We fund these services through rates and charges, user fees and government grants.

Like all councils across Victoria, Wodonga Council is facing significant financial challenges due to rising cost pressures, the rate cap and evolving community needs. These challenges are exacerbated by the unexpected storm and flooding events which have been experienced over the past 18 months.

For that reason, it’s important to manage expectations when it comes to community spending.

We need to look at what we deliver and how we deliver it to ensure we can continue to deliver services, programs, and projects into the future.

The council used to have more money available to fund new projects. Unfortunately, with the difference between how much our income has grown and how much our costs have increased, it is becoming more challenging to keep delivering the services the community needs with the available funding.

This year, we have provided additional material to inform you when providing feedback for the budget.

It includes a Service Catalogue which details the services we deliver for the community in the budget. It includes profiles of all the services across the council with descriptions, activities and measures. Read more here.

The council has also undertaken a Financial Sustainability Review for independent assessment of the financial sustainability of the council. You can read more about that here.

2024-2025 rate rise

At its January 29, 2024, meeting, the Finance and Budget Delegated Committee adopted a 2.75 per cent rate rise as a budget assumption for the development of the 2024-2025 budget. This is the amount set by the Victorian Government under the Fair Go Rates system.

To calculate the ordinary rates to be paid for each property, the council uses the capital improved value multiplied by the rate in the dollar.

Valuations are conducted annually by the Valuer-General Victoria’s contracted property valuers.

Your rating valuation is displayed on your council rates notices, just below the property details.

Regardless of how much your property valuation changes on your rates notice, the total amount of rates the council receives is limited by the rate cap set by the Victorian Government.

That means, while an increase in property value might alter your rate notice, growing property values do not increase the total amount of rates the council receives.

If you are having difficulty paying your rates, we can provide flexible, suitable payment plans or provide financial hardship assistance. Rate concessions are available for eligible pensioners. Find out more here.

Pop-up sessions

Ways to have your say

This consultation is open from Monday, February 5 to Monday, March 4, 2024.

Anyone who lives, works, studies or invests in Wodonga or visits the municipality and uses the facilities, is invited to review the information provided, ask questions and provide feedback during this time.

Ways to provide feedback

  • Add your budget suggestions to the board below.
  • Complete the survey below and tell us your priorities.
  • Chat to us at one of our five pop-up session in various locations. See the Have your say pop-ups panel for dates and times.
  • Email: makewodongayours@wodonga.vic.gov.au
  • Phone: (02) 6022 9300

Budget suggestions

Provide feedback for consideration for the preparation of the budget for 2024-2025?

Suggestions can be considered for the upcoming budget or a future budget. Projects generally involve several stages over more than one year from investigation, scoping and feasibility; design and development; and then, project delivery. All ideas are welcomed. It could be a footpath extension, a new program or infrastructure. It might involve expressing support for an existing council service, identifying areas in need of repair, or proposing new initiatives you’d like to see the council undertake. This enables you to have a say in determining the council’s annual budget priorities. (max 140 characters).

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Moderation Policy

29 February, 2024

Byron Hales says:

Get rid of the under-utilised table tennis tables at Junction Square & replace them with a Half Basketball court. Great for all ages!

29 February, 2024

Chris Mayers says:

Install traffic lights at all school crossings. Implement a 50kmh speed limit within all urban areas.

29 February, 2024

Brendan says:

Yaralumba Melrose drive roundabout is well over due for an upgrade with turning lanes in each direction.

28 February, 2024

Leigh Quinn says:

Hard rubbish pick up once a year.

28 February, 2024

Leigh Quinn says:

Something needs to be done about the intersection at Chapel st and Kane Rd. Also cars queuing on the road to get coffee at same intersection

27 February, 2024

Jennifer says:

Should have free hard rubbish pick up once a year. Should have a free pick up for things like oil,batteries etc. Tip vouchers for renters.

27 February, 2024

Jennifer says:

Should have free hard rubbish pick up once a year. Should have a free pick up for things like oil,batteries etc. Tip vouchers for renters.

27 February, 2024

Elliot says:

Change annual Animal registration fees to a one off fee. Only annual for breeders.

27 February, 2024

Rosechal says:

Create a bike path along Baranduda Boulevard from Baranduda to Wodonga. This would increase accessibility and encourage healthy behaviours.

27 February, 2024

Rosechal says:

Make the Library Hyphen open from early morning to late evening and weekends. It’s a key community asset and should be far more utilised.

27 February, 2024

Kass says:

Adding a footpath to sangsters road on the left hand side after the railbridge going up the hill. A very dangerous road cross for kids.

26 February, 2024

Aj says:

Make all Bus stops wheelchair accessible.

Budget priorities