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Rate rise options proposed for Port Stephens

Port Stephens Council has endorsed the exhibition of its draft Integrated Planning and Reporting documents which include modelling of a potential rate rise.

General Manager Tim Crosdale said that exhibition of these documents provides further opportunity for our community to give feedback on how to strike the balance between increasing costs and decreasing revenue.

 

“We know from our engagement to date that our community supports a financially sustainable Council.  We also know that there's a good understanding that our low residential rates can't continue to support the level of services we offer,” Mr Crosdale said.

Come and hear it direct from the Council at a Public MEETING

MONDAY 10TH OCTOBER 3 PM TO 4 PM

CONFERENCE ROOM SHOAL BAY CARAVAN PARK


AGENDA:

Presentation by Council Officers OUR FUNDED FUTURE – RATE RISE OPTIONS

EAST WARD COUNCILLORS REPORT

GENERAL BUSINESS

Please find attached PDF update from SBCA Chairman Chris Bastic

The Council has requested that the following links to videos be shared before the meeting on Monday 10th October (3pm in the Conference Room at Shoal Bay Caravan Park):

 

2023-2024 Rate Cap Announcement (bottom of the page)
https://www.portstephens.nsw.gov.au/council/rate-rise-options/rate-rise-options


 
Land Revaluations Webinar (top of the page)
https://www.portstephens.nsw.gov.au/council/rate-rise-options/faqs

 

To assist the community in understanding these two important matters, the Council uploaded these videos following IPART’s announcement of the 2023-2024 rate cap and questions raised at the Council's Special Interest Group meetings this week.

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Something to consider Not From Council:

One of the issues raised in the FAQ”s is “would a rate increase be an increase on my total rates bill?”

 

As mentioned in the FAQ’s there are four amounts that make up the total amount residents pay under the Rate notice.

 

  1. Residential Rate

  2. Residential Base Amount

  3. Waste management Charge

  4. Domestic Waste Management Service Charge

 

The proposed rate increased is only on the first two categories, no mention is made about the possible increase of the Third and Fourth Charges