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Council starts rates variation survey today

Ratepayers across the Clarence Valley should start getting information regarding a special rates variation and revenue saving from today.
Clarence Valley Council’s acting general manager, Ashley Lindsay, said ratepayers were being asked to provide their views on the possibility of a rate rise (inclusive of the rate-pegged limit) for each of five years and a range of other measures.
“Council is seeking community feedback on proposals to improve its long-term financial sustainability, with some of these including an 8 per cent rise in the general rate each year for five years starting from July 1, 2016 and a review of 24 discretionary services,” Mr Lindsay said.
“An annual 8 per cent increase in rates would yield about $2million annually in extra income and for average residential ratepayers that would mean an extra cost of under $2.50 a week.
“Doing nothing about council’s financial situation is not an option. Council must either cut funds to services or raise money in order to address the infrastructural demands across the Clarence Valley.”
Councillors will make their decision based on community feedback.
All ratepayers are encouraged to provide feedback via a printed or online survey, which is available at www.clarenceconversations.com.au/roadstosustainability
People can also contact the council and have a say via email at [email protected] or by writing to Locked Bag 23, Grafton, or leaving comments at the Grafton and Maclean offices.
The consultation ends September 25.
Councillors will consider the survey results in October.
Clarence Valley Council’s ‘discretionary’ services facing the axe
• Tourism services and tourism
promotion
• Economic services and
economic development or
promotion services
• Natural Resource Management
Services
• Community Development
Service,
• Youth Services
• Ageing and Access Services
• Safe Communities Services
• Library facilities and services
• Community Centres
• Sponsored events and festivals
• Community Care Services
not funded by other levels of
government
• Public Halls
• Under-utilised, unique or
unusual sporting facilities
• Aquatic Facilities
• Under-utilised public amenities
• Ulmarra Pool at end of current
contract
• South Grafton Saleyards
• Mobile Library Services
• Grafton Regional Gallery
• Grafton Airport operation and/
or ownership
• Cemeteries
• Quarries
• Environmental sustainability
services
• Under-utilised caravan
parks and camping
facilities

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