Rates up for water/sewerage plants

WHITSUNDAY ratepayers can expect rate increases of anything up to $333 in the next financial year.

Whitsunday Regional Council adopted its budget yesterday and rate increases vary between $0 and $333 depending on where you live.

The increases are between 0 per cent and 14 per cent.

Mayor Mike Brunker said this was due to variances in valuations and that some people in Airlie Beach could end up with no rate increase at all as some land values had dropped.

The total budget was $143 million.

Mr Brunker said one of the highlights this year was that Council was not borrowing for normal operational costs.

However, he said it was an infrastructure budget and Council would need to borrow $40 million over the next two years for water treatment plants at Proserpine and Bowen.

Council's CEO John Finlay said sewerage rates and water access rates across the council area had gone up 20 per cent to help fund future water and sewerage plants.

Mr Finlay said this year's budget had positively exceeded the financial operation that was estimated in Council's first budget two years ago.


As the budget was only adopted yesterday, more information will be available in next week's Whitsundays Times.

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