LGAQ push to delay waste levy
THE Local Government Association of Queensland is urging the State Government defer the introduction of its waste levy.
In a statement it warned that councils would not be able to build or properly fund the new infrastructure required to administer the levy if the State Government presses on with its proposed levy start date of March 4, 2019.
LGAQ chief executive Greg Hallam said the State Government gave no warning it would introduce the levy mid financial year, meaning many councils had not factored its impact into their budgets.
“A lot of councils will not be able to fund the necessary infrastructure like new weighbridges out of their existing budgets so it will be hard for them to meet the Premier’s commitment the levy will have no financial impact on households,” he said. “We urge the Government to push the levy start date to 1 July.”
Townsville City Council and other North Queensland councils have made submissions to the State Government with concerns about the implementation of the levy.
Townsville council’s chief executive Adele Young said residents would be hit with an annual rate rise of $ 15 a property under the proposal.