How would you spend $91.3 million?
The City of Hobart is starting to prepare its 2017/18 budget and we want you to participate by sharing your thoughts on what matters most to you!
Using the Budget Allocator tool, you will be able to review areas of discretionary spending, choose the priority areas where you want services maintained or improved and identify areas in which you are willing to see a decrease.
Note: This budget challenge is a conceptual tool for demonstration purposes. The feedback gained will allow the Council to gauge what programs and services the community values most and what it considers as priorities. Responses will form part of a report to Council that will assist in its budget decision making.
Other Costs and the Fire Service Levy
The City of Hobart's Annual Operating Budget is around $122 million. The budget challenge allows for allocation of expenditure in Council's service and program areas of $91.3 million. The difference is attributable to other costs such as depreciation and the Tasmanian Government's Fire Service Levy. The Fire Service Levy is a cost imposed by the Tasmanian Government that the Council is required to collect from ratepayers. These funds are then passed on to the Tasmania Fire Sevice. In 2016/17, the ratepayers of Hobart will contribute around $9.715 million to the Tasmania Fire Service by way of the Fire Service Levy.
Operating Budget v Capital Budget
The City of Hobart's 2017/18 Budget consultation is seeking community feedback on its annual operating budget. Operating expenditure is money allocated to provide services and programs such as community programs; maintaining our parks and playgrounds, maintaining roads and footpaths; rubbish and recycling collection; animal management and administering building and plumbing permits.
The Council also undertakes capital works projects every year. These projects are usually significant investments with a long-term community benefit and include such things as major works to roads and footpaths, new buildings or upgrades to recreational facilities and other infrastructure.