Concern municipal charge rise happening too fast for low income earners.May 21, 2014 3:45am
Concern has been raised about the effect a proposed $100 municipal charge increase will have after it was announced in Campaspe Shire’s 2014-15 draft budget last week.
As part of the six per cent rate increase, the municipal charge for the shire will increase from $50 to $150 per rating assesment from next year.
The draft budget was passed five votes to four, with the rate increase and it’s municipal charge rise defining factors.
Councillor Emma Bradbury said she voted against the budget because she could not support the rate increase and it’s high municipal charge rise.
‘‘My concern is that this budget is bad because it has delivered a six per cent rate increase when one of the undertakings this council identified during last year’s budget planning sessions was an awareness of the concerns the community has raised in relation to the constant high rate increases. Affordability pressures essentially,’’ she said.
‘‘As the mayor said, we were aware that affordability pressures are something the community is quite concerned about and also that there was the capacity to have balanced this budget at five per cent, but that decision wasn’t taken, it was opted to go to six per cent to make an additional contribution to the asset renewal fund.’’
Cr Bradbury said that while she supported a steady increase, too big of a leap each year could create problems.
‘‘Getting the balance for that right is really, really important. If you swing too far one way, you wind up with a situation where people who are really improving their properties get penalised for it and pay way too much for the privilege of them investing in their community,’’ she said.
‘‘Then if you swing it back too far the other way, it means the people who can least afford it, those properties that have the least capacity to improve, those properties are paying a particularily high municipal charge, so that becomes quite a burden or an impost on low-income earners.’’
‘‘The reality is an increase in the municipal charge up to quite a significantly high level, higher than what is proposed in this budget, is inherently fair. However, to actually increase it such a signficant amount in one hit is unfair to people who are less able to afford it.’’
You can read more in the print edition of the Kyabram Free Press.’’
Dookie artist Andrew Sands gets attention with red dirt-covered ute.
The talent was truly amazing at this year’s Mulwala Water Ski Club’s Got Talent competition.
Malcolm Campbell is the new president of the Lions Club of Tatura after he was inducted by Global Leadership 201V5 chair Pat Mills at the club’s changeover dinner at the Top Pub on Saturday, July 12.
Richard McLean notched up his first win when he took part in Echuca-Moama Cycling Club's fourth and final round of the Ivan and Lorraine Collings Memorial Trophy at Lockington.
Our Lady of Sacred Heart Primary School in Elmore has received a grant which will be used to buy musical equipment for the school.
If you thought it was cold yesterday morning, you weren’t wrong!
Brigade transforms station for Christmas in July.
Despite being scheduled to play at home this Saturday, Finley footballers and netballers will instead make the trip to Blighty.
Axedale student Zara Smith has created history, raising the single largest amount raised by a primary school student in the Jump Rope for Heart event’s 31-year history.
Cobram Garden Club hosts floral art, cake and more than 40 well wishers at luncheon to celebrate its double-decade milestone.
Despite being two wins from top spot, the Rams are now in a fight to make finals.
Innovative irrigators are being encouraged to apply for a 2014 Rural Water Award and the chance to win a $2000 cash prize.
The Melbourne Scottish fiddlers return to Swanpool to raise money for local CFA brigades. Group officer Jim Ranken and fiddle player Kristin Marriott
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.