DORSET residents will see a 1.5 per cent increase in rates this financial year and could also receive an early payment discount.
The Dorset Council approved its rates and its capital works program during its 2013-14 budget meeting last week.
General manager Tim Watson said the council had operational savings of $400,000, which allowed for the minimal increase.
He said residents could pay their rates in four instalments or if they paid in full before September 30, they could receive a 2 per cent discount.
The council also decided to commit $6.76 million for its capital works program last week – a $2 million increase on last year.
Dorset Mayor Barry Jarvis said the funding would be spent improving some of the region’s infrastructure for the long term.
“This year we will spend $2 million resealing rural road including $1.28 million for stabilisation work on Cape Portland Road,” Mr Jarvis said. “Waterhouse Road will be resealed at a cost of $379,000 and the development of the southern zone of the Bridport Holiday Park will go ahead at a cost of $350,000.”
The council will spend an additional $600,000 a year on the renewal of road infrastructure assets over the next 10 years.
The council’s new lifetime dog registrations have also started, with dog owners able to register micro-chipped and desexed dogs for their lifetime for $170.
Pensioners can register theirs at a discounted rate of $100.
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