Rates to go up as councils get nod to boost income

COUNCILS have been given the green light to push up rates across regional NSW.

Rates will go up about $30 in many categories to boost council's general income in the next financial year.

Water, sewage, waste collection and stormwater charges will not be impacted.

The average residential rates in NSW for the 2012-2013 year is about $860.

Independent Pricing Authority and Tribunal Chairman Dr Peter Boxall said the rate peg was driven by increased employee wages and construction and electricity costs.



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