Scenic Rim rates rise 6.9% in budget
RATES for the majority of Scenic Rim properties will increase by 6.9% in the next financial year.
The Scenic Rim Council announced the rate rise in its 2013-14 budget, handed down yesterday.
The $117 million budget allocates $41.58m to flood restoration, $19.01m to roads and bridges, $1.58m to libraries and $5.43m to council facilities.
The budget's 6.9% rate rise will affect rural, commercial and residential primary places of residence categorised properties.
The budget statement says the "council is continuing with its previously established policy on differential rates for non-owner-occupied residential properties. In line with industry averages, council will set the differential between residential principal place of residence and residential non-principal place of residence at 20% in 2013-14".
Scenic Rim Mayor John Brent said the budget had to deal with cuts to local government funding.
"Council has taken a fiscally prudent approach in endeavouring to balance service delivery, costs and community expectations against revenue from rates and charges," he said.
"In doing so, we have had to tackle the challenge of significant cuts to state and federal funding and changes to land valuations."
"The average Scenic Rim owner-occupier can expect to pay $1.73 more per week."
Road, bridge and infrastructure improvement would continue, he said.
- Rate rise of 6.9% for 78% of properties in the region.
- $41.58m to be spent on disaster recovery.
- $19.01m on roads and bridges