Reasonable rate rise in tough times

Burnie City Council last night adopted its 2012/13 Annual Plan and Budget Estimates.

Mayor Steve Kons said, “The budget adopted is what I would describe as a responsible budget. Council is now entering a period of consolidation after recent years of investment in Burnie and taking a bit of breath before we see what the future holds.”

Council adopted an increase of 1.9% in general rate.

“During the last two months of budget deliberations it became clear to me that a modest general rate increase of 1.9% is reasonable and the lowest general rate increase in recent years.

“It must be recognised that the 1.9% is the general rate increase and after taking into account the increase of the fire levy set by the State Government and increase in waste management, the rate income will increase by 4.8%,” Mayor Kons said.

Council is in its second year of a five year strategy of increasing waste charges by 15%, as Council transitions to the Waste Transfer and Resource Recovery Facility.

“The majority of homes will pay an additional 70 cents per week to cover all the waste management services including a weekly garbage collection and a fortnightly recycling collection. Similar increases are forecast for the coming three years, so that ratepayers are not hit with a large increase in one year,” he said.

Mayor Kons said the Council’s Financial Management Strategy was used to guide Council through the budget deliberations.

Council’s operating budget provides for an estimated income of $33.905m during 2013 and estimated operating expenses of $35.018m resulting in an operating deficit of $1.113m prior to accounting for capital grants of $0.789m and loss on disposal of assets of $0.037m to produce a comprehensive budgeted deficit of $0.361m.

For further information please contact

Libby Dobson
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728