Robert Doyle and Council vote on proposed budget increase in fees and rates

Robert Doyle in summing up the presentation of the City of Melbourne 2013-14 budget had a dig at Collins Street Traders by saying…

“Council is actually here [Council Meeting held on Thursday May 9] on both items [4 yr Plan and Council Budget] giving approval for public notice rather than giving approval or substantive debate of content because this is a work in progress we now send this process out for further comment form the public”

“We are starting to get comment already… I remind Councillors that those very people who criticise elements of the budget, like a small rise in parking fees of a dollar fifty, are the very people who at other times of the year are exhorting us to spend more on Christmas decorations, more on cleaning the City and beatifying streets, such as in Collins Street and that is one of the things for me [Robert Doyle] difficult to understand.”

“The amount we are raising, and I will ask the public to think about that, though the increases in parking and increases in rates equates to about 14 Million dollars. I often say to people in consultation period what would you cut out.”
“that adds up to our entire Arts and Cultural budget. We could do none of that if you like but I do not think that will be the right answer. “
It is a work in progress but I like to think pretty much of our work is done. I can not see us after consultation going back to first principles”

Councillor Stephen Mayne (In closing)

“It is open to councillors and everyone else to suggest changes or updates to the budget, for instance the 149 births at docklands where we mention zero rent … where many were packaged up with apartments by VicUrban”… “from 2025 we will be able to extract rent fro those births”.. :It is all about providing information in its correct context.”
“It is up to everyone to make submissions and suggestions.”


The Melbourne City Council audio recording of the meeting has been edited and a section of deleted removing comments made by Lord Mayor Robert Doyle just prior to the taking of the vote and the closing of the meeting. (Listen from the end of Stephen Mayne’s Speech 1 min before recording end)

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