Whitehorse or Monash Council budget process?

City of Whitehorse

Consultation on the Proposed Budget 2015/16 included, the Annual Residents’ Survey, a Councillor Budget Committee, chaired by the Mayor, which included all Councillors and met monthly from December 2014, review and consideration of early Budget submissions, two community information sessions held in March 2015 to discuss the development of the Proposed Budget 2015/16 and a number of other Council consultations held throughout the year impacting on the development of the Budget 2015/16, including the Arts and Cultural Strategy 2014-2022 and the Recreation Strategy 2015-2024.

source: Whitehorse.vic.gov.au

City of Monash

Information sessions and submissions from community on 2015/16 Budget only possible AFTER draft budget adopted at the April Council meeting. The final Monash Council Budget will go to the Council meeting on Tuesday June 30, 2015.

reference:  http://www.monash.vic.gov.au/About-Us/Council/Publications/Budget

Proposal to City of Monash

What I spoke to at Council Committee meeting on the budget:

  • Community feedback on budget from November/December each year
  • Funds to be allocated to assist Council staff to establish new procedures
  • Community to be involved at high levels of IAP2 I.e. Collaboration and decision making

Gayle Nicholas

Which Council has the better approach to involving the community in developing the annual budget? What procedures would you like to see in place for the 2015/16 Budget? Leave a comment below.


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