Richmond Valley to double sewerage fees

By NERIDA BLOK

RICHMOND Valley residents' sewerage fees will double in the next financial year under a draft proposal.

At an extraordinary meeting held on Tuesday, Richmond Valley Council voted to adopt the draft management plan, budget and revenue policy for 2005/2006, which included a proposed increase in sewerage fees from $418 to $870.

Mayor Charlie Cox said the increase was to finance the $66 million needed for capital works over the next 20-25 years.

"It's for sewage treatment plants at Evans Head and the upgrade at Coraki and Casino, and the possible plant at Broadwater," he said.

Mr Cox said the only relief from the rise would be if council could get the State Government to subsidise the capital works.

Meanwhile, a maximum rate rise of 3.5 per cent, in line with the local government allowance, was also proposed. Last year's rate rise was 12.76 per cent.

Water charges should remain the same, however domestic annual waste charges are proposed to rise by 11.3 per cent, from $193 to $215.

In addition, a new $400 fee for cemetery burials is proposed to assist with ongoing maintenance costs.

Draft plans are on display for 28 days at RVC's Casino and Evans Head offices.



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