Financial assistance valued at $484,000 has been included in the latest version of Wangaratta Council's draft budget in response to the bushfires and coronavirus pandemic.
The council's usual tourism grants program will be cut and replaced by a new "business and community recovery grants program", topped up by money from Bushfire Recovery Victoria to create a $370,000 funding pool.
The draft budget includes a 50 per cent reduction in business registration fees building and planning permit fees for community groups, and waiving renewal fees for caravan parks usually due in November, footpath trading permits, and ground frees for sporting clubs until October.
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Mayor Dean Rees said there would be no extra cost to taxpayers
"People who own, operate and work in the local businesses that have been hit hardest will get some relief from these measures," he said.
The measures were developed during the consultation period of the draft budget and will be included in the new version to be presented to councillors at the special meeting on Tuesday.
People living in Wangaratta are also slightly more satisfied with the council than they were last year.
The results of the latest community satisfaction survey had Wangaratta with an overall rating of 62, up three points from the previous year.
The number was above the the average for regional centres of 56 and above the statewide average of 58.
Arts centres and libraries had the highest category rating at 78, while recreational facilities was one of only a few drops, falling from 71 to 69.