Bud­get’s waste rate

Albany Extra - - News - Shan­non Smith

The Shire of Plan­ta­genet re­vealed in a spe­cial meet­ing on Tues­day the 2018-19 fi­nan­cial bud­get would in­clude a 1.5 per cent rates rise.

The 2018-19 bud­get in­cluded the im­po­si­tion of a new waste rate, which is equiv­a­lent to an ad­di­tional 2.57 per cent in­crease in rates.

Un­der the Waste Avoid­ance and Re­source Re­cov­ery Act 2007, all ratepay­ers will be charged a min­i­mum rate of $50 per rate as­sess­ment.

It in­cludes ma­jor items such as the con­tin­ued re­fur­bish­ment of the Frost Park pavil­ion, the de­mo­li­tion of Kam­ballup Hall and the new con­crete floor at Mt Barker Ten­nis Club.

Cr Ken Cle­ments voted against the bud­get with con­cerns there was no eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and no move to lower debt.

“His­tory shows that lo­cal gov­ern­ments that con­stantly re­main low will have to raise rates at some point,” he said.

Cr Sue Ether­ing­ton shared Cr Cle­ments’ con­cerns and said for the first year there were no shovel-ready projects in the bud­get.

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