RATES DEBATE

Ratepayers could be facing a two-per-cent rate rise in Colac Otway Shire next financial year, with councillors set to vote on the proposed rise
today.

Ratepayers could be facing a two-per-cent rate rise in Colac Otway Shire next financial year, with councillors set to vote on the proposed rise today.

Council chief executive Peter Brown said in a statement included with today’s council meeting agenda that the proposed rate rise would be below the State Government’s 2.5-per-cent rate cap.

The council’s 2019-20 draft budget also proposes not to increase kerbside collection charges, resulting in an average rate bill increase of 1.79 per cent for ratepayers who receive kerbside collection.

But the actual increase for individual properties will vary depending on the property’s value.

“I believe the budget is framed on a solid basis and provides for appropriate provision of the services this community has received in the past and expects to receive in the future,” Mr Brown’s statement said.

See today’s Colac Herald for more.

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