Rate no­tices in the mail

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

RATES across the Whit­sun­day re­gion were is­sued yes­ter­day (Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 14) with res­i­dents ex­pected to re­ceive their rate no­tices in the mail over the next week.

The rates are due on Mon­day, Septem­ber 16 and Whit­sun­day mayor Jennifer Whit­ney said res­i­dents would need to pay by this date in or­der to re­ceive the five per cent dis­count.

There is no longer a 10 per cent dis­count be­ing of­fered.

Cr Whit­ney has tried to ease con­cerns about the new two-part wa­ter tar­iff which has caused many ratepay­ers to ques­tion the amount of the in­crease.

“No-one has gone from zero to $496,” she said.

The $496 fig­ure re­lates to the wa­ter ac­cess charge. Ac­cord­ing to Cr Whit­ney this is the yearly fig­ure, which was pre­vi­ously $428 and ap­peared on the hal­fyearly rates no­tice as a “Wa­ter Base” in two, $214 amounts. Ac­cord­ing to Cr Whit­ney, this means the ac­cess charge or base rate has in­creased by $68 per year.

The other change to the way wa­ter is charged is the user-pays com­po­nent.

Cr Whit­ney said pre­vi­ously, Whit­sun­day res­i­dents re­ceived one kilo­litre (kl) per day free, amount­ing to 365kl per year with­out charge. Ev­ery kl af­ter that in­curred a charge.

She said that from now, the free al­lowance had been re­moved with wa­ter charged at 88 cents for the first 365kl and $1.42 per kl af­ter that.

Rates not paid in full can in­cur in­ter­est charges.

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