A 3.05 PER cent rate rise for the Northern Midlands was approved for the 2013-14 financial year at last week’s council meeting.
The council approved its $16.2million budget, highlighting a $7.4 million capital works program.
Northern Midlands Mayor Kim Polley said the rise was in accordance with local government CPI and would be used to maintain existing service levels, fund new initiatives and continue to allocate funds to municipal infrastructure.
Cr Polley said all Northern Midlands properties were given new Assessed Annual Value ratings, which would be used to calculate new rate percentages from July.
She said a differential rating system would be applied for various land use categories in an attempt to raise equal revenue to the 2012-13 financial year.
Northern Midlands residents were also warned that a 4.5 per cent state government bushfire levy would remain.
Cr Polley said although the council was required to collect payments, the fee was a state government initiative with proceeds going to the Tasmania Fire Service.
The council’s $3.2million allocation for roads includes partial reconstructions of Bishopsbourne, Barton, Mt Joy and Green Rises roads, kerb and reconstruction of sections of Napoleon Street and Main Road, Perth, Pultney and Pakenham streets in Longford, and William Street and Main Road, Cressy.
Cr Polley said the council’s 2013-14 annual plan outlined further special projects, capital works and other tasks and targets for the next year.For more information go to www.northernmidlands.tas.gov.au.
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