I want you to know exactly how much of your money is spent across the myriad of Council’s undertakings and deliver an unsurpassed level of transparency and accountability on where your money has been spent in the financial year just gone and where we intend to spend your money over the coming financial period.
Everyone who owns land is a rate-payer and receives their annual “tax”, (the rates notice). The amount of this tax is proportional to the value of the land owner’s property.
When you receive your rates notice I want Council to be able to tell you how much you as an individual, paid directly towards each project that Council undertook.
When you see the street-sweeper, I want you to be able to know from your rates notice how much of your rates was spent on delivering that service.
When you enter the Library to borrow a book, attend a class at one of our Community Center’s or have a picnics in the park, I want you to know how much of your rates money went into Council maintaining the facility, running the program and maintaining the park.
Now, this is important. It is important for you to know how much of your money is being spent where because if you know the true cost of Council delivering it’s services, you then have the knowledge to engage with us and give us greater direction on how we spend.
Through intelligent accounting each of you will be better equipped to individually raise concerns about where money is spent, or not being spent as the case may be. In this way, the collective voice of more people, who are better informed, can be clearer in their discussions with Elected Members and staff so that the budget aligns even more closely to the will of the people.
After all, the motto of the City of Unley is, “Salus Populi Lex Suprema Est” which roughly translated mean, “The Will of the People is the Supreme Law”.
By Lachlan Clyne – Mayor, City of Unley
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