Government confirms Brighton’s rates and services the best

BRIGHTON Municipality residents continue to enjoy lower council rates and most efficient service delivery in Tasmania.

This is confirmed by the State Government’s latest snapshot of council rates for the 2017/2018 financial year, comparing average rate per rateable property, average rate per head of population and operating costs per rateable property.

The report shows the Brighton’s average annual rate per head of population is $529 compared to the average of small urban council’s (Brighton’s classification) of $841 and the $1060 average for all Tasmanian Councils.

Similarly, the average annual rate per property in the Brighton Municipality of $1144 is well below the $1,708 for small urban councils and the State average of $1566.

As well as Brighton, the Urban Small Councils classification includes Burnie, Central Coast, Devonport and West Tamar. The only Tasmanian council with a lower rate per property is Central Highlands at $932 for the year.

Mayor Tony Foster said Brighton Council was extremely proud of it rate comparison performance and credited the success to its fair rating policy that keeps annual increases at or below the rate of inflation.

“Council has recently given in principle approval for a 2.1 percent, or 35 cents a week, CPI rate rise for next financial year, making it the 24thyear in a row we have kept the increase at or below the annual inflation rate,” Cr Foster said.

“Coupled with this, the State Government snapshot also confirms that we have the lowest operating costs, some 26 percent below that of like councils and 28 percent lower than the State average.

Brighton’s operating cost per rateable property is $1911 annually, compared to $2579 for urban small councils and $2776 for all Tasmanian councils.

Cr Foster said the Brighton Council endeavoured to offer the full range of local government services as efficiently and cost effectively as possible, recognising cost pressures on ratepayers and their ability to pay.

“Our management and staff share this commitment and work accordingly.

“The State Government’s snapshot of average rates and operating costs confirms that we are meeting our aim and we are determined to stay on this path into the future,” Cr Foster said.