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Warrnambool’s new library will cost ratepayers an additional $256,000 to operate over the coming year, with the council proposing a 2.7% increase in rates and fees. The council’s proposed budget shows that the provision of library services will nearly double in a few years, from $928,000 in 2020-21 to a projected $1,681,000 in the next fiscal year. The actual cost to taxpayers will be nearly $1 million, a per head jump from $21.62 to $26.96. In the introduction to the budget proposal just released, Mayor Vicki Jellie and Chief Executive Peter Schneider said there is a plan to increase investment in library services. “This reflects the move into the new shared library at the South West TAFE site, which will offer four times the floor space of the current library, more books, more connectivity, better accessibility, media facilities and amenities. , including a children’s play area and a café,” they said. “The number of annual library visits is expected to increase from less than 200,000 in the existing library to more than 500,000 in the new historic building designed to meet the needs of our growing population and help improve education levels.” The council’s proposed rate hike is 1.75%, but a nearly 7% increase in waste management fees brings the total to 2.7%, or $56.31 per household, for an average of $2,140.83 The draft budget says changes to the Victorian government landfill tax and the impacts of the recycling crisis came under significant pressure resulting in a 6.88% fee increase. The council is also proposing to introduce a $400 fee for short-term accommodation providers. It is understood that the charge will apply to approximately 100 properties in the city, but the cost of executing the payment remains unknown at this stage. The draft document said the fee was consistent with steps taken by other municipalities to address the inequity between recognized and registered visitor accommodation providers, such as motels and hotels, who pay a commercial rate, and those that also provide accommodation for visitors through new platforms such as AirBnB. The council is also setting aside more money for Warrnambool salesyards. The proposed budget reveals that the board will consider an additional $1.8 million to $3 million over the coming year for maintenance and upgrades, in addition to the $2.56 million provided for in last year’s budget. The sales yards made a profit of $210,000 two years ago and is expected to rise to $218,000 this year. Fee changes are expected to boost earnings to $366,000 in the coming year. While the budget is almost devoid of new initiatives, the council also expects the construction boom to continue. “The number of new homes being built in our city has increased dramatically in recent years, bringing the average number of new homes built each year down from around 230 to well over 350,” Ms. Jellie and Mr. Schneider said. “The value of residential and non-residential construction activity increased from $116 million in 2019-20 to $213 million in 2020-21. “We expect the construction industry to continue to thrive in 2022-23.” Next year, the council will explore the possible addition of outdoor casual basketball and netball facilities at Lake Pertobe and other areas. “The council will also explore a facility for additional public art, funded by the public art fund, within the harbor precincts to improve the amenity of the area and the offerings to visitors in what is a very popular and important area of ​​the city. The proposed budget shows that the cost of city strategy and developments has also increased by approximately 50% in two years, from a cost of $883,000 in 2020-21 to an expected $1,293,000. But holiday park profits are expected to return to pre-pandemic levels, rising from $119,000 two years ago to more than $1 million ($1,035,000) between are expected to cost nearly $1 million. dollars – $969,000, while the budgeted loss for economic development is projected to be $818,000 Festivals and events are also expected to cost the city just over $1 million – $1,088,000 These events include BeachFest, Solstice Searching and council assists Summer Markets, Australia Day, ANZAC Day, Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic, Tennis Championships and Nippers Carnival.In summary, leisure centers including The Arc and AquaZone are expected to cost the city $1,368,000 (in down $75,000 from the previous year), arts and culture through the Art Gallery and Lighthouse Theater $1,086,000 (-$159,000), family services $1,047,000 ( +$46,000), health services $731,000 (+$130,000), recreation $530,000 (-$64,000) and care for the elderly $360,000 (-$328,000). IN OTHER NEWS Our reporters work hard to bring local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content: Now just a click away with our new app: Digital subscribers now have the option to receive information faster, at their fingertips with The Standard:

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