Which Option and Why?

over 4 years ago
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Each of the rating options being considered by Council has different impacts on the community (in terms of rates paid and level of service provided), as well on Council's longer term financial health.  Which option appeals most to you and why?  Is there another option we haven't considered?


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  • colinwb about 5 years ago
    It is good to see the Council asking for community feedback. However, it is difficult to see how additional funds will be spent. The options provide only very general information. For example how would the extra $0.9million "on Council buildings and amenity blocks" be spent? Is this just a budget allocation or are there specific plans? My question applies to all categories of expenditure. Put simply, what do we get for our money?
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    • Admin Commented Mosman Engagement Team about 5 years ago
      The forecast expenditure under Options 2 and 3 is based on an acceleration of works detailed in Council's Asset Management Plans, with a focus on reducing the infrastructure backlog. We have included the various Asset Management Plans on this site for reference. Should Council apply for and be successful in securing a Special Rate Variation the Asset Management Plans will be updated accordingly. In relation to buildings and amenities over the next four years additional funds would be spent on projects such as:Georges Heights and Allan Border Oval Pavilion Storage improvements $75, 000Drainage Improvements and Waterproofing for Mosman Library $100,000Tiling Upgrade for Mosman Swim Centre $65,000Vista Street Car Park Ventilation Upgrade works $20,000Spit West Reserve Amenities Improvements $25,000Sirius Cove Reserve Amenities Improvements $20,000Library Walk replacement of Glass Windows $60,000Balmoral Pavilion Amenities drainage and roof renewal works $25,000Georges Heights Amenities Kitchen Renewal $10,000Art Gallery Fire, Security and Signage renewal works $95,000Precise timing of these works would be subject to whether either Option 2 or Option 3 was put forward as the proposed Special Rate Variation.The Infrastructure Fact Sheet on this site also provides detail on some of the additional works and major projects that could be funded, depending on the Option chosen.
  • carlholt about 5 years ago
    We all, in our lives, have to work within our budgets. Maybe the council should work within theirs as opposed to sending out biased survey documentation emphasising 'lower service levels, ongoing deficits, reduced capital works etc' with respect to Option 1. How about emphasising, taxpayers keeping more of their own money??
  • nickcg about 5 years ago
    An option to increase efficiency would be to merge with North Sydney Council. A combined council would have a better financial base of commercial and residential rates and the efficiencies could go to reducing the maintenance backlog and reducing the need for permanent rate increases. We have a lot in common with North Sydney in particular Cremorne and Neutral Bay e.g. we need to have a united approach to the rat runs, traffic and public transport issues that plague Military Rd. The border between the two councils is a 5 minute bike ride from the Mosman Village, we are already the same community.Have you considered this option.There is a meeting tonight, Monday 27 Oct at 7pm, on these issues at Mosman Council. Other than this website, has there been any publicity for this important community consultation.
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    • Admin Commented Mosman Engagement Team about 5 years ago
      Council will be continuing to look at the issue of structural reform in response to the State Government’s Fit for the Future program announced last month. All Councils will be required to make submissions in relation to this issue by the end of June 2015.Regarding publicity for tonight's public meeting, it has been promoted on this site, on the home page of Council's website, on facebook, twitter, at Mosman Civic Centre and Library, the Community Noticeboard in Mosman Square, via flyers delivered to residents, businesses and other ratepayers, by email to Council's primary e-newsletter subscriber list and in the Mosman Daily on 16 and 23 October.
  • Minijimaus about 5 years ago
    You haven't communicated any options which were considered and rejected. An obvious plan would be to manage Council costs better and fund the infrastructure through a more efficient Council. The proposals make the Council mindset clear - get more revenue from the ratepayers rather than running a more efficient Council.
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    • Admin Commented Mosman Engagement Team about 5 years ago
      The FAQs on this site provide information about some of the work Council has done to improve efficiencies in recent years. These efforts are reflected in its improved budget result. If Council decides to apply to IPART for a Special Rate Variation it will also be required to explain, as part of the application, past and future productivity improvements and cost containment strategies.
  • nickcg about 5 years ago
    Thank you for you explanation. I think the way you have worded the options can lead to misunderstanding. The IPART guidelines for Special Variation to Rate income use an expanded form of words which you should use. You need to be upfront that the increase in your options 2 and 3 will stay in the rate base permanently.These are the words in the guidelines.Scenario 2 (508 (2) Permanent: a one-off( single year) increase that remains permanently in the rate base.http://www.olg.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/files/Guidelines%20for%20the%20preparation%20of%20an%20application%20for%20a%20special%20variation%20to%20general%20income%20for%202015-2016.pdf
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    • Admin Commented Mosman Engagement Team about 5 years ago
      Thanks for your suggestion Nick.We will provide some further clarification on this website.
  • nickcg about 5 years ago
    Options 2 and 3 refer to a one-off Special Rate Variation in 2015-16, which infers the associated rate increases would be confined to just this financial year. However, other documents suggest that the increases will stay in place for 4 years and yet other financial documents suggest the increases will be in place for 10 years. My question is 'how long will rate increases apply if options 2 or 3 are approved, and if the rate increases apply for more than one year do you think the term 'one-off Special Rate Variation in 2015-16' is misleading.
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    • Admin Commented Mosman Engagement Team about 5 years ago
      Thanks for your question Nick.The one-off nature of the rate increases in Options 2 and 3 refers to the proposed increase of 5% plus the estimated rate peg and 10% plus the estimated rate peg respectively in 2015-16, which will reset Council's rating base from this point forward. The models for Options 2 and 3 then project that this base will be increased by an amount equivalent to the rate peg (estimated at 3%) every year after that. Documents produced by Council variously demonstrate the annual impact for up to 10 years as this is the period Council is required to prepare long term financial plans. Councils are also required to prepare Delivery Programs which have a four year horizon. Mosman Council has typically increased rates by the rate peg in previous years, so it is appropriate to refer to the higher proposed increases in 2015-16 only as 'one-off'.