Keeping Local Government Local – Weekly Update, 18 August 2022
Issue of Rates Notices
Property owners should have received their rates notices via email or mail by now. If you have not received your notice, please contact Council: 1300 696 272. Property owners will have noticed an increase overall rates. Councillors debated and decided on these changes during the 2022/23 Budget process, and believed we have delivered a considerate rise, despite a sharp increase in the organisation’s operating costs.
Councillors and management dedicated a lot of time and energy to develop a responsible budget that will work towards the end goal of Council sustainability.
At the budget meeting held in June, with these factors in mind, Councillors adopted to increase general rates and utility charges (including water, sewage and cleansing) by 5% across the board. This increase equates to an average of $300 per annum, or the price of a weekly take away coffee.
Council has also experienced the impact of unpredictable weather events throughout 2021/2022 which has increased the operational costs of the disaster management. Disaster management obligations equate to $42 per rateable household. However, Council has only increased the levy from $6, to $15 per rateable household.
Throughout the budget decision-making process, our goal was to seek a balance between ensuring we have necessary funding to continue delivering essential services, while limiting the financial impact for ratepayers. The challenge of rising costs means that we had to make some tough decisions and absorb some of these expenses through our rates.
The reality is that it is has become much more expensive to carry out our day-to-day operations, but we are committed to working towards being more efficient and finding innovative ways of delivering essential services for our community and ensuring Council sustainability.
Download a copy of the 2022/2023 Your Rates Explained document from our website here www.northburnett.qld.gov.au/budget
Payment of Rates
To maintain the 5% discount on your rates, payments must be received by 16 September 2022.
Rates can be paid in person at any Customer Service and Library Centre, via direct deposit, BPay, post (cheque or by completing payment details on your rates slip) or via credit card over the phone by calling 1300 696 272.
Other payment options may be available to suit your needs. Council accepts prepayment of rates ensuring your discount is received and alleviating lump sum payments. Please contact Council’s rates staff on 1300 696 272 for further information.
Central Burnett Rugby League Premiership
Congratulations to the Gayndah Gladiators who have once again taken out the Central Burnett Rugby League Premiership for 2022. The Gladiators played an excellent game against runners up, Monto Roos.
Well done to all teams, coaches, volunteers and players for another successful rugby league season.
As always, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me directly on 0458 696 272 or firstname.lastname@example.org or your divisional councillor if you would like to address any concerns. Our contact details can be found on Council’s website www.northburnett.qld.gov.au/meet-your-councillors.