RATEPAYERS within the Strathbogie Shire could see the lowest rating increase since amalgamation, with a four per cent rise on the cards.
Councillors voted for the rise at a special council meeting held last Tuesday, which also revealed council’s draft 2015-16 budget, Council Plan and its ratings strategy.
The proposed increase will see ratepayers fork out $126 for a service charge and sees council continue along its path in ‘building community confidence’ through ‘sound financial management’.
The draft budget and Council Plan will also see the introduction of the long-awaited organic waste service (third, green bin) and a $6.9m capital works program, providing about $1.3 million in road reseals across the shire.
High priority community infrastructure items for the next financial year include Kirwans Bridge ($400,000), Kelly’s Bridge ($120,000), High Street Violet Town bridge deck ($155,000), Longwood Oval ($30,000), the Euroa RSL hall ($45,000) and Boho South kitchen refurbishment ($10,000).
At the meeting, the recommendation to put the draft budget and Council Plan on public display was moved by Robin Weatherald and seconded by Pat Storer.