Shire rates to rise $45 on average
Berrigan Shire ratepayers will be paying, on average, an additional $45 in rates in the next financial year.
The figures were detailed in Berrigan Shire Council’s draft operation plan, which is to be considered for adoption at its meeting on June 15.
Council has planned to increase its overall revenue by the state imposed cap of 1.8 per cent.
Most individual ordinary rates have increased by 1.8 per cent, while council said most utility rates will increase by 2.5 per cent to three per cent.
The average residential annual ordinary rates and charges — including water, sewerage, waste, and stormwater charges — will be $2103 for 2016/2017, compared to $2058 this financial year.
On average, households in the urban/town setting will pay a general rate of $783, up from $769.
Council has planned for the waste fee to increase from $266 to $272, sewerage from $501 to $513 and water access for filtered water from $497 to $510.
The general rate for rural residential properties, on average, is proposed to increase to $627 ($11 increase) and ‘other’ residential land from $2971 to $3025.
Farmland general rates will increase by $35, from $1950 to $1985.
Water charges per kilolitre will not be changed from last year, neither will stormwater charges.
In times of no water restrictions, water usage charges will remain at 47c per kilolitre for unfiltered water in Barooga, Berrigan and Finley.
Filtered water charges will remain at 62c/kl in Tocumwal and 94c/kl in Barooga, Berrigan and Finley.
Berrigan Shire Mayor Bernard Curtin said the budget delivers a healthy capital works program.
Allocations in the 2016/17 budget include $380,000 for the proposed redevelopment of the Finley School of Arts complex, which is subject to approval.
Council also intends to increase annual operating grants paid to the Berrigan War Memorial Hall, Finley War Memorial Hall and School of Arts, and Tocumwal War Memorial Hall committees of management by $1000.
Another $50,000 has been set aside for improvement works at Finley Skate Park, subject to matching funds from other levels of government or the community.
The annual allocation of $80,000 for town entrance beautification works has been included again, and council has allocated $50,000 for tourism.
In waste management, council intends to What you’ll pay (average urban/town): General rates – $783 (up $14) Waste – $272 (up $6) Sewerage – $513 (up $12) Filtered water access – $510 (up $13) Water – Toc.: 62c/kl, Other towns: 94c/kl (no change) Stormwater – $25 (no change)
fund a $40,000 excavation of the landfill site in Berrigan. It will also establish a sinking fund for the construction of a transfer station at Tocumwal with $75,000 put aside per year for three years from 2016/17.
The major capital works program for the water fund is the construction of a new clarifier to replace the settling ponds at the Finley Water Treatment Plant — estimated at $500,000.
Some of the major road construction projects identified in this budget include:
$900,000 over two years for reconstruction of the levee section of Tuppal Rd;
$340,000 for upgrades on Yarrawonga Rd;
$150,000 to continue with improvement to clear zones on rural roads; and
$160,000 to complete works Plumptons Rd. on