A special meeting of the Katherine Town Council will be held today to adopt its plans for the next year.
Council will vote on the zero rate increase which has already been made public because of coronavirus pandemic impacts on the Katherine economy.
According to council's long-term plans, particularly its drive to put money aside for a new rubbish tip, a six per cent rate has been previously planned.
Council has warned the rate notice for some residents may still change because of property revaluations done last year.
Voting on the rates will be included with the consideration of its municipal plan which appears to have undergone some changes since it went out for public comment.
Those changes include the controversial abandonment of its deputy mayoral rotation policy, which saw Alderman Peter Gazey return into the position at the expense of aldermen John Zelley and Matthew Hurley.
The other significant change is the dropping of public forums which were held before each council meeting.
Now questions must deal with agenda items and either be asked in advance or made at an allotted time at the start of meetings.
In a statement on Friday, council said the forums had become "stale, unproductive and wasn't working the way it was designed to function".
Council will now hold quarterly meetings for a minimum of two hours which are open to the community, to provide an opportunity for everyone to discuss topics freely with aldermen and senior staff.
The first meeting will be held at the Civic Centre lawn from 5.30pm on Monday, July 13, sausage sizzle provided.
Council encourages members of the public to ask questions or submit comments at any time of the month and this can be done through the Katherine Town Council website, email (email@example.com), phone 08 8972 5500 or asked in person at the Civic Centre.
The council also held a confidential meeting last week, the most significant was to award the successful tenderer for the CBD upgrades - the Town Square plans.
Katherine Times has asked when that decision will be made public.
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