Slight in­crease

Shire rates to rise $45 on av­er­age

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS -

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

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