RATES RISING CLOSE TO 4%
Council’s 2017-18 budget hits our back pockets
RATES are set to increase by 3.9% in the North Burnett region after a unanimous vote by North Burnett Regional Council on Wednesday morning.
The rates hike follows a rise of 4.95% under last year’s budget.
This new increase is projected to raise almost $9.5 million for the council, with the total increase to revenue expected to be $690,700 for this financial year.
Chief executive officer Mark Pitt said the Federal Government’s grant indexation freeze affected the council’s overall revenue.
“The continuing reductions in grant opportunities, particularly the Federal Financial Assistance Grant indexation freeze have affected council’s revenue position over the past three years,” Mr Pitt said.
“It is welcome news that this freeze has been lifted. Another significant change is the way the State Government awards road works contracts with more and more work previously completed by council now being conducted by the department.”
Mr Pitt said roads were still on the agenda for the council in the 2017-2018 budget.
“A continued major area of focus is on the roads, streets and drainage with an estimated $15.3 million being spent in this asset group through internal and funded external programmes,” he said.
The council provided a breakdown of key services as outlined in the budget.
LANDFILL MANAGEMENT LEVY
Taxpayers will be charged an extra $99 per year for the disposal of garbage. Under the 2016-17 budget, the council opted for all Burnett ratepayers to have garbage removed for free.
KERBSIDE GARBAGE COLLECTION
Waste charges have been structured with basic residential services set at $275 and commercial and industrial set at $330 per service for the region.
WATER AND SEWERAGE
The council adopted a water access charge levied at $585 and consumption charges of 1.76 per kilolitre for the 2017-18 financial year.
ROADS AND DRAINAGE
The road and bridge network continues to be a major focus of council budgets.
Considerable resources have been allocated to the previous flood reconstruction works that have been carried out though our region.
The estimated total cost of this event is approximately $6 million dollars.
RATES RISE: North Burnett Regional Council CEO Mark Pitt said roads were still on the agenda in the budget over the next year.