BRIGHTON Council has confirmed that it will keep its rate increase in line with the rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the 23rd year in succession. This is quite an achievement for any Tasmanian council. Twenty-three years with only a CPI increase, or less, compared to other councils that have imposed significant increases over the years on their ratepayers.
After approving the budget for 2018/19 in principal at its May meeting, Council formally approved the rates for the coming year at this week’s meeting.Mayor Tony Foster said the rise next financial year will amount to just two percent ($17 a year or a little over $1.40 a month) for all residential households.
Councillor Foster said the Brighton Council was extremely proud it had kept rate increases at or below the rise in the CPI for the past 23 years, with residents enjoying the lowest per capita rates in Tasmania.
“Despite the ongoing pressures on local government, including reduced distributions from our investment in TasWater, we have been able to keep the rate rise down when many other councils are implementing much larger increases.
“Brighton’s strong financial management and efficiency, coupled with our commitment to shared services with other Councils means our ratepayers continue to benefit from the full range of services at the lowest possible cost.
“Our budget includes plans to undertake a range of community improvement projects over the coming year, from roadworks to new public facilities for the municipality.
“Key projects include increased expenditure in street tree planting and a significant investment to provide female-friendly changerooms at sporting facilities as a result of the greater focus on participation in sport for women and girls” Cr Foster said.