Councillors' views - Jerome Appleby
Read the latest City Limits Magazine column by Councillor Jerome Appleby.
This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 52 - August 2016.
The State Government has handed down its budget and announced that it will raise an additional $64 million from the solid waste levy over the next four years.
The Advertiser reported that: “Taxes on rubbish disposal will increase by more than 50 per cent over the next four years and households have been warned it will create further increases in council rates.”
The State Government has increased the levy by $19/tonne. Staff advised that the “previous guidance… received indicated a $5/tonne increase (which was consistent with recent annual EPA Levy increases)”.
The impact of this change on the City of Marion is estimated at $210,000 for the 2016/17 financial year and $5.26 million over the long term financial plan (a 10- year period). Clearly this is a significant sum of money which, as always, ratepayers will be forced to pay.
And worse still, the change comes on top of increases in the NRM levy for some local governments.
Councils have good reason for feeling that they are being turned into State Government tax collection agencies.
Councillor Jerome Appleby
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