Council halts rate rise due to drought

Goyder Council

Regional Council of Goyder's third draft of their 2019/2020 budget is out for public consultation and proposes no increase to their rates for the coming financial year.

Like many regional area's across the country, the grip of drought has left many communities in financial hardship.

Goyder Council said they considered the impact of the current drought on the wider Goyder community and, for that reason, forecast a general rate revenue increase of 0 per cent.

The rate relief may end next year as Council forecast a 2.75 per cent increase in rates commencing after the 2019/20 financial year.

Light Regional Council

Light Regional Council is considering a 2 per cent rate increase and is expecting property valuations revenue to climb 4 per cent.

Together, these increases will create 5.2 per cent greater general rate revenue.

Council states that new initiatives and programs will cost just over $1m more than previously forecast.

"The alternative position is to reduce the number of new initiatives and new operating projects proposed, especially for the 2019-20 Financial Year and/or reduce recurrent operating expenditure by reducing or changing the scope of existing Council services and programs," the budget states.

Town of Gawler

Town of Gawler elected members adopted the 2018/19 budget and rates late last month.

Town of Gawler elected members adopted the 2018/19 budget and rates late last month.

Gawlers council ratepayers can expect a 2.4 per cent rate increase in their general rates for this financial year.

"..I am pleased to announce that the final position reached was a small estimated underlying operating surplus of $47,000," Mayor Karen Redman said.

She explained how council has been continually mindful of the impact of council rates.

"Importantly, this is the smallest increase in the general rate for over a decade."

"The council previously consulted with the community on a three per cent increase, but additional new revenue from growth and further focus in reducing costs has enabled council to reduce the increase."