Whyalla City Council has taken community feedback into consideration, by implementing a revised rate rise.
The revised rate of 2.4% will enable Council to sustainably fund the budget which, “equates to an average of $30 per annum, or just over 50 cents per week for the average residential property,” according to Council.
‘Hardship funding’ has also been established, with the budget heavily focused on aiding the community including:
- Providing a 0% rate rise on average for pensioners
- Extending the waiver on lease and licence fees for community associations (making a total of six months’ relief for these organisations)
- Providing a remit on overdue fines for the first two rate instalments
- Freezing the Waste Service Charge at $350 (the 2019/20 rate)
Council have said, “This year’s budget has a continuing focus on economic development for the city, injecting $27.4 million into the local economy, including a $427,000 spend on local economic development (up from $171,000) and a $445,000 spend on grants, donations and events for the community.”
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