Possible rate rise for urban Kyogle

Kyogle Council has applied for a 5% rate rise above the rate pegging level for all properties in urban areas.

Mayor Ross Brown said the money, which would give council an additional $110,000 per annum, was needed to address drainage issues.

“With the rainfall we’ve had in the last couple of years, we’ve had a number of complaints from pretty much everywhere. So to address the issue we need a source of funds,” he said. “At the moment we have a set fee and have been charging $25 per allotment (stormwater and management charge) - that gives us around $45,000. The staff have identified that over a long period we need $200,000 which would require a 10% rise, but council were not prepared to go for a 10% rise and decided to go for 5%.”

Mayor Brown said they were also looking to see if savings and cost shifting could be found.

Kyogle’s draft management plan is on exhibition and public meetings to discuss the plan and the proposed rate rise will take place at Kyogle Memorial Hall on Wednesday, May 12, at 6.30pm and Bonalbo Community Hall on Thursday, May 13, from 6.30pm with others to follow.


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