Council asks for 5pc rate increase

A SPECIAL stormwater and flood management rate which Kyogle Council hopes to introduce will increase the council’s coffers by $120,000 a year.

The council has applied to the NSW Department of Local Government to increase rates by an extra 5 per cent for improved properties in Kyogle, Woodenbong, Wiangaree, Old Grevillia, Old Bonalbo, Bonalbo, Tabulam and Mallanganee.

The special rate, if approved, will replace the $25 stormwater and management charge.

The current fee structure generates only $45,125 for use in stormwater and flood management activities.

The council said the increase was necessary in order to meet the community’s expectations about the management of these areas.

The Kyogle Integrated Water Cycle Management Strategy Study was commissioned by the council.

However, the council has not had sufficient funding to implement the entire action plan outlined in the study’s 2006 final report.

Unlike water supplies and sewerage services, storm-water and flood management are funded from the council’s general fund and compete with other areas for funding, a council spokesperson said.

Details of the possible rate increase are outlined in the draft management plan, which is on exhibition until June 1.

It is expected a decision will be made by the State Government on the special rate once the exhibition period closes and any submissions from the community on the proposal have been reviewed.

The council had also discussed the possibility of introducing a similar special rate to fund local road improvements. However, it has not made an application to introduce such a special rate.

Public meetings to discuss the management plan and the special rate will be held in the Kyogle Memorial Institute on Wednesday, May 12, and in Bonalbo Community Hall on Thursday, May 13. Both meetings start at 6.30pm.

SPECIAL RATE

All households currently paying the stormwater management charge will now pay the special rate instead. The special rate will be a 5 per cent increase on current rates.



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