Council budget 2018-19: rates to rise for Scenic Rim residents

Councillors Nigel Waistell, Nadia O'Carroll, Virginia West, Michael Enright, Rick Stanfield and Duncan McInnes. Photos: Jocelyn Garcia
Councillors Nigel Waistell, Nadia O'Carroll, Virginia West, Michael Enright, Rick Stanfield and Duncan McInnes. Photos: Jocelyn Garcia

AVERAGE rates for Scenic Rim ratepayers will increase by $25 due to increases brought down in yesterday's council budget.

The budget will see residential and rural residences pay a 2.1 per cent increase, which is 48 cents per week in the minimum general rate of $1203.

No ratepayer will pay more than a nine per cent increase and a three-year land evaluation average will be introduced.

Councillors were unanimously supportive of the $112 million budget, saying it was a win for the Scenic Rim.

Scenic Rim mayor Greg Christensen said that in considering rate rises, council wanted to try to alleviate the impact of the volatility in valuations.

“Around 75 per cent of residential properties, including principal and non-principal place of residence, will experience an increase in general rates of less than 2.5 per cent in 2018-19.

“In fact, almost half of these will experience no increase.”

Due to the increased charges on council by its recycling processor, ratepayers will see an increase of $25 added to waste collection this year.

Businesses will be charged $70 per tonne on commercial waste.

There will be no direct impact to the cost of household waste from the introduction of the Queensland government’s waste disposal levy.

One of the budget’s key focuses will be work on maintenance and restoration of the region’s road and bridges including $26 million going towards capital improvements to roads, bridges, footpaths and drainage.

Councillors and representatives in the council chamber.

Councillors and representatives in the council chamber.

Forum

Councillors presented the budget to community representatives at a forum after the chamber meeting to discuss further details with residents.

Resident Ken Noble said he thought the forum was good but he was eager to hear more of a community focus in the budget.

“I’d like to see more of what happens that leads in with youth and getting them off the streets so I have a focus on what the benefits will be with sports grounds and infrastructure,” he said.

“Maybe council can look at bike paths that can be used for walking and riding rather than implementing foot paths.”

Resident Des Robinson said the thrust of the budget was good but he was eager to read full details of what the 10-year capital program would look like.

The Community Budget Report is available here: