Servicing costs of Dinner Plain are significantly higher than all other areas of the Shire because of the complex nature and special requirements of the village. Therefore Council applies a special rate to Dinner Plain ratepayers in addition to the general rate.
Click on the following link for more information about the Dinner Plain Special Rate and the services that it covers.
Dinner Plain Special Rate Update
Council has received some emails and letters from ratepayers and the Dinner Plain Residents Business Operators Society (DPRBOS) expressing concern about a variety of issues but primarily about the special rate and the services it funds. Council's CEO has responded to DPRBOS in detail and a copy of the response can be found here.
If you would like to discuss any part of Council's response, or need clarification please contact Heather Green, Director Sustainable Development on 03 5755 0555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In late March / early April 2016 a letter was sent to Dinner Plain ratepayers, advising details about a survey Council is undertaking. The survey primarily addressed special rate services but also asked questions about Dinner Plain Advisory Committee and Dinner Plain management. The responses will help Council frame its 2016/17 budget for Dinner Plain. The results are available here.
Council engaged independent auditors Crowe Horwath to carry out a review of the Dinner Plain Special Rate and operations. Their Memorandum of Audit Planning is available below. This memorandum is the agreement between Council and the auditors outlining the scope of the audit that will take place. It also outlines the approach, key milestones to be met and the audit methodology for conducting the audit.
Responses to some key questions raised by DPRBOS are available here.
Dinner Plain Special Rate and Operations Review
Dinner Plain Review Report Cover Letter
Dinner Plain Review Report
Memorandum of Audit Planning
Audit Strategy Document
A reduction in the Special Rate has been proposed by Council as an interim step while the results of the audit and the recently completed survey are analysed and future changes considered. The draft budget is available for public comment here.