Tatiara rate increase softens | BUDGET

REDUCED: The proposed 3.39 per cent rate increase in the Tatiara District Council's draft budget has been reduced to 2.8 per cent.
REDUCED: The proposed 3.39 per cent rate increase in the Tatiara District Council's draft budget has been reduced to 2.8 per cent.

After a proposed 3.39 per cent rate rise in the Tatiara District Council draft budget, residents will only see a 2.8 per cent increase in rates over the next financial year.

The proposed rate increase follows four years which have seen a 2.8 per cent increase in 2018/19, 2.4 percent increase in 2017/18, 0.0 per cent rate increase in 2016/17; and 4.4 per cent rate reduction in 2015/16.

Tatiara District Council CEO Anne Champness said although the rate increase has been reduced to 2.8 per cent, each resident will be affected differently due to changes in their property values.

"The district's rural areas and towns have seen different changes in their valuations and these will be reflected in the increases or decreases of rates to be paid for these properties," Mrs Champness said.

Mrs Champness said the council provided residents with a number of opportunities to voice their concerns during the draft process, after their displeasure of the proposed rate rise.

"Written submissions to the draft annual business plan and budget were invited by 5pm on June 6, Mrs Champness said.

"The council also held two community forums at Bordertown and Keith on May 29 and 30 respectively and a meeting of the council on June 11, at which members of the public could ask questions and make their own submissions.

"Council considered the submissions received, and numerous comments on the Border Chronicle's Facebook page."

Mrs Champness said after reviewing the responses and submissions sent by residents to the council, they decided to reduce the rates in the final budget.

"Following the public consultation, the rate increase proposed in the consultation drafts has been reduced from 3.39% to 2.8% in the final draft documents," Mrs Champness said.

"The proposed gyprocking of the council chamber has also been deleted."