Increase for water fees
THE recent budget agenda meeting held by the North Burnett Regional Council outlined rate costs for water and sewerage schemes in the coming financial year, with slight increases made.
The council manages sewerage and water supply schemes with funding generated by a utility charge for each service provided.
Mayor Rachel Chambers said an ongoing issue since amalgamation was the council spending more money than it was bringing in through revenue.
“Each year there is an expectation to raise rates to meet this lack of revenue,” Cr Chambers said.
“It is quite a balancing act to decide on a rate which will bring in income to support the ratepayers’ expectations of service delivery yet also satisfy council’s financial sustainability obligations to the state.”
Rates cover a full cost recovery made up of an access charge to cover fixed items within the scheme such as capital expenditure, interest, redemption and operating charges.
A standard residential dwelling will be charged a first pedestal for sewerage, $574, up from $552 in the previous year, while multi-unit dwellings or flats will be charged a first pedestal for each individual dwelling. Water supply levies and charges remain much the same as the sewerage scheme, covering an access charge for each parcel of land within the water area that has potential to be connected to the water scheme and a consumption charge. Each connection under the consumption charge will contribute to the year’s operating costs and will be based on kilolitre consumption.
The access charge is $585, up $22 from 2016, to each parcel of land whether connected or not and $1.76 for each kilolitre consumed, up from $1.69 in 2016.
A $264 charge applies for each additional contiguous parcel of land in the water area with potential to be connected.
❝ Each year there is an expectation to raise rates to meet this lack of revenue.
— Mayor Rachel Chambers
FEE INCREASE: Mayor Rachel Chambers has announced utility fees for water have risen in the 2017/18 budget.