Rate notices in the mail
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.