Following the August Meeting, Ballina Shire Council resolved to proceed with community consultation on a proposed special rate variation (SRV) above the rate peg set by the NSW Government.
Like many councils across NSW, Council faces the challenge of how to best maintain services and ageing infrastructure – the cost of which is rising faster than Council’s income.
The proposed rate increase, if approved by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART), will be for 2018/19 and 2019/20. The total proposed special rate variation is as follows:
This proposal represents a cumulative rate increase of 15.7%.
The income from the rate increase will allow Council to renew key infrastructure such as roads, stormwater, playgrounds, and community buildings in a timelier manner and to fund the healthy waterways program.
Information about the proposed special rate variation will be mailed to each ratepayer in September.
There will be public meetings throughout the shire and an online survey during the consultation phase. Information will also be available on Council’s website ballina.nsw.gov.au and in the community newsletter, Community Connect.
Submissions close Monday 30 October 2017 and this information will be reported to Council for consideration in November.