Irwin’s board to announce 4.9% tariff increase

Irwin Shire could impose a 4.9% rate hike on residential, agricultural and mining properties to meet budget demands.

At the regular council meeting on Tuesday, Shire councilors voted unanimously to announce the proposed rate increases to the public.

The 4.9% proposal includes a 1.9% increase, which was suspended last year under COVID-19 measures, to recover costs associated with the $ 1.45 million purchase of the center Dongara Medical Center.

At the meeting, Shire CEO and Community Director Danika Chandler said the remaining 3% was in line with Shire’s long-term financial planning.

The increase would see the Shire receive an estimated revenue growth of $ 245,103 from fares, bringing total revenue from fares to $ 5,639,603.

It is proposed to increase the gross rental value rates by 44 ¢ in dollars, while the general differential rate would increase by 5 ¢ and the mining differential rate by 75 ¢.

Ms Chandler said that before the rates are imposed for the next fiscal year, the County would have to seek approval from the minister of state for local government, as the mining differential rate was more than twice the general differential rate.

The proposed dollar rates will be announced for at least 21 days with a public submission process before the 2021-22 budget is finalized in June.

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