COUNCIL BUDGET: Increases to rates, waste and water charges
THE Gladstone Regional Council has announced an average general rate rise of 2.39 per cent across all services in today's 2019-20 budget.
The average general rate will increase by 1.94 per cent.
Here are the average increases to rates and charges:
- General rate: 1.94%
- Water access: 2.08%
- Sewerage: 2.04%
- Waste: 5.82%
- Gross rates: 2.39%
With these increases, the net rate paid by the average residential ratepayer for 2019 - 20 will be $2855.89, up from $2789.11 last year.
Water and sewerage charges differ across Boyne Island/Tannum Sands, Calliope, Agnes Water/Seventeen Seventy and Miriam Vale/Bororen.
Earlier this month the council announced the waste fee would increase, following a review of costs at the Benaraby Landfill.
The budget said the associated costs of waste disposal and recycling has had significant cost pressures during the past financial year to the tune of $600,000.
The refuse charge will increase to $345.50 per year, an increase of $19.
In the report, it said the council debated against any rate increase.
"Our economy cannot support excessive and unsustainable rate rises," it said.
"We have worked extremely hard to reduce expenditure and implement efficiencies.
"We acknowledge and expect to continue to identify and implement efficiencies and innovation to reduce costs."
The council estimates the gross value of rates and charges proposed to be levied in 2019/20 is $151.89 million, compared to $146.85 million last year, an increase of 3.44 per cent.