In­crease for wa­ter fees

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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

PHOTO: TOBI LOF­TUS

FEE IN­CREASE: Mayor Rachel Cham­bers has an­nounced util­ity fees for wa­ter have risen in the 2017/18 bud­get.

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