New $25 stormwater charge for ratepayers
Lismore ratepayers and businesses will pay $25 per year for stormwater management after a failed attempt by three councillors to scrap the charge at Tuesday nights meeting.
Staff recommended the charge be implemented at Councils April meeting in line with a NSW Government recommendation. Council voted 7/4 to introduce the new charge, however, Crs Swientek, Chant and Graham lodged a rescission motion. They claimed the stormwater charge was too high and was inequitable given that residents would be forced to pay the same as businesses.
The rescission motion was lost on Tuesday night, meaning ratepayers and businesses will start paying for stormwater management in the coming financial year. The charge is expected to raise $320,000 annually to pay for planning, construction and maintenance of drainage systems, stormwater treatment, harvesting and re-use projects throughout the Lismore local government area.
Examples of projects that may be funded include $100,000 to reduce the flood risk in East Lismore and $30,000 for environmental education in schools.