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Melbourne City Budget: Council raises rates

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The budget increases childcare fees from $ 134 a day to $ 137.50, but the council said most of the fees charged have not increased.

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Melbourne’s total spending will increase by $ 36.7 million, up 7.2 percent, largely as a result of increased staff and staff costs. This will increase the number of board employees from 1,382 to 1,480.

Lord Mayor Sally Cap said the draft budget aims to make Melbourne cleaner, hold more events and bringing people back to the city.

“This is a significant budget that restores the city’s confidence and continues to invest in Melbourne’s dynamics,” she said. “We are investing to develop our economy beyond the pre-pandemic level and create more jobs, more activities and more benefits for our residents, traders and visitors.”

Chief financial portfolio adviser Philippe Le Liu said the draft budget has put the council in a strong position to ensure a surplus in 2023-24.

“Years of disciplined financial management have allowed us to increase investment to support our community as the pandemic derailed our city for a difficult two years,” he said.

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