Shire rates average $2362

MAV survey: shire rates are the fourth highest in state

STRATHBOGIE Shire’s rates and charges are the fourth highest in the state.

Ratepayers will pay on average $2362 each in 2015-16, with only Nillumbik, Melbourne and Hobsons Bay forking out more this year, according to a Municipal Association of Victoria Local Government Survey.

The figures take in average rates, municipal charges and waste management charges per assessment.

Strathbogie Shire Council chief executive officer Steve Crawcour explained that the reason for the high rates were because the shire has a small rate base and therefore there is a small number of property owners to carry the large cost of maintaining the area that council needs to service.

“Our total capital improved value is $2,582,395,000 to manage 330,326 hectares of land, 512 bridges and major culverts and 2243 kilometres of road, both sealed and unsealed, with reduced government funding and continual cost shifting,” he said.

Mr Crawcour said more than five years ago council recognised that roads, bridges and buildings across the shire, and the state, were deteriorating due to declining funding.

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