RATE RISE: Council have announced a rise in rates in light of this year’s budget.
RATE RISE: Council have announced a rise in rates in light of this year’s budget.

How much you’re likely to pay in rates this year

RESIDENTS will be expected to pay an extra $1.44 per week on their rates this year, following a 2.5 per cent rate increase announced in the 2020/2021 budget.

Western Downs Regional Council said this budget has presented many challenges, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But council is confident the minor rate rise will benefit the community on the whole.

The rate rsie is comparatively low compared to surrounding regions.

Toowoomba Regional Council revealed a 2.95 per cent rise in rates, or an extra $1.83 per week.

South Burnett Regional Council, however, announced a zero per cent general rate increase - a first in the history of the region.

RATE RISE: Here's where your rate payer money is going this year.
RATE RISE: Here's where your rate payer money is going this year.

The majority of ratepayer money will go towards a million dollar investment into roads and bridges throughout the entire region, with $38.46 for every $100 spent in this area.

The next largest investment, with $14.97 for every $100 of ratepayer cash will go towards water and wastewater utilities.

On the lower end of the scale, 61 cents for every $100 will be invested in disaster management, and 50 cents will be invested into street lighting.


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