Council approves draft budget, though tosses out a kerbside green waste collections ervice.CHALPAT SONTI July 2, 2014 3:13am
Mitchell Shire ratepayers will have to pay an extra 8.5 per cent this financial year after a determined bid to lessen the burden narrowly failed on Monday night.
Councillors voted 5-4 to adopt the draft budget, which will see a ratepayer who owns an ‘‘average’’ home in Seymour pay about $86 extra in rates in 2014-15. It is the highest percentage rate increase in the state this year.
But as the voting showed, the budget wasn’t passed without a fight. Earlier in the night councillors voted 5-4 not to proceed with a kerbside green waste and organics collection scheme (see story in this week’s Telegraph) with doubts cast over the need to introduce another burden on the ratepayer with a heavy rates impost looming.
That vote was largely symbolic, because the net effect of removing the proposed scheme will hardly alter the budget, but it led to some spirited debate when the rates rise was argued.
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