Mayor says rates could rise after Budget decision

REACTION: Mayor Leon Stephens warns of repercussions in Port Pirie after the solid waste levy was increased in the state budget.
REACTION: Mayor Leon Stephens warns of repercussions in Port Pirie after the solid waste levy was increased in the state budget.

Port Pirie Regional Council is disappointed at the decision of the state government to increase the solid waste levy.

Mayor Leon Stephens estimated that the effect of the unexpected budget increase on residents and ratepayers would be $80,000 for next financial year.

This is about half-a-per cent of all rates. The increased cost would either result in increased kerbside collection and gate fees at the waste transfer stations or a general rate increase for everyone, he said.

"Both of these options only add a burden directly onto ratepayers and citizens who are already suffering the financial and social impacts of drought," he said.

Mr Stephens said the decision seemed to be a "double whammy" for country areas with it being reported that the main intention for the extra amount of increased levy is for it to be used to remediate the sand at West Beach, a benefit that is difficult to "sell" to regional residents, with the rest simply covering the government services provided by the Environment Protection Authority.

He said the revamped Litter and Nuisance Act already had put more responsibility on council.


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