Ararat Rural City Council 2021/2022 Budget was adopted by Council on 29 June 2021.

Council's commitment to working in partnership with its community was reflected in the community engagement process undertaken to prepare the Community Vision 2031.

During June 2021 a series of community engagement sessions were held in Tatyoon, Lake Bolac, Elmhurst and Ararat.

The Draft Budget has been prepared within the following parameters:

  • The draft Budget proposes the following differential rates - general rate – 100%, commercial and industrial rate – 125% of the general rate and farm rate – 40% of the general rate

  • A decrease of 1.5% in the total amount received from general rates and charges;

  • No increase in the Municipal Charge which will remain at $96 per rateable property in 2021/2022;

  • An decrease of approximately 1.4% for recycle collection and other waste management charges;

  • A balanced budget in terms of a cash result and an operating surplus of $8.865 million in terms of an accrual accounting result;

  • A net decrease in cash and cash equivalents of $3.546 million;

  • A capital works program of $17.534 million;

  • No new loan borrowings;

  • Capital budgets have been prepared in accordance with good asset management principles.

To download the ARCC Budget 2021/2022 - click here