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Councillor Antonella Celi 

Seawinds Ward - Mornington Peninsula Shire

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Shire Proposed Budget 2021/22 To Rate Freeze/Rebate or Not?

Posted by antonellaceli on April 6, 2021 at 8:20 AM

To Rate Freeze/Rebate or Not?


The Mornington Peninsula Shire Proposed Budget 2021/22 is now on public exhibition for comment.


The MP Shire proposed budget has taken on the State Government's advice of a 1.5% at CPI rate increase.


A couple of Councillors proposed to freeze rates by applying a 1.5% rebate on the increase.


This was voted down by the Council because:



  • The two options put before Council on how to apply the 1.5% rate freeze and/or rebate were not financially prudent or responsible and would result in:
  • $2.3M in revenue lost in one year or
  • up to $25M loss of revenue for the Shire over ten years




  • The freeze/rebate would compromise a well balanced budget and compromise $M's of investment towards many projects, grants, capital, priority works and service delivery across the Peninsula




  • The freeze/rebate would not have been equitable across the Peninsula and would not necessarily go straight to those who would need help the most.




  •  I want to see a greater return on ratepayer investment for our community emerging out of Covid.




  • I was not willing to compromise on $2.3M or up to $25M worth of projects I want to see delivered in the Seawinds Ward and across the Peninsula.




  • I was not going to compromise on $10M worth of investment in a Covid Recovery program that will offer a greater return and benefit for our region.




  • I would prefer to further help raterpayers through an improved Shire Hardship Policy that could help those who really need it.



More at a glance details in the infographic below to highlight implications of a rate freeze/rebate and why it was prudent to object.

The Proposed Budget 2021/22 is currently on public exhibition and community is welcome to provide feedback at this link:

My debate objecting to the rate freeze/rebate is here: https//

Full recording of the Budget deliberations, debate and minutes of the 30th March, 2021 at this link: http//

Find out how the Mornington Peninsula Shire rates compare to other Councils here: https/

Categories: Rates, Fees, Charges