Katherine Town Council plans a 7.5 per cent rate rise in the next year.
Keeping to its long-term plans, the 7.5 per cent rise follows several years of controversial nine per cent hikes.
The big ticket worry for the council continues to be the rehabilitation of the old waste tip and the opening of a new one in the next few years.
The council’s proposed budget will be put to a special meeting of council next Tuesday.
Included in the spending plans is a $21,236 rise in the Mayor’s allowance, to a total of $93,296.
Aldermen allowances are proposed to stay the same, at $15,520.
The total amount budgeted to pay allowances for the Mayor and Aldermen is $194,176.
Residents elected several new faces to Katherine Town Council at the elections last year.
Council wants to raise 8,079,692 from rates and charges in 2018-19.
Council’s draft municipal plan is on now on display, through its website.
Katherine Town Council rate history:
- 2017/18 – 7.5% (proposed)
- 2016/17 – 9%
- 2015/16 – 9%
- 2014/15 – 4.5%
- 2013/14 – 9%
- 2012/13 – 5%
Written submissions on the proposed municipal plan close on June 5.