RATE payers in Gannawarra Shire may be hit with a price rise next year.
Mayor Brian Gibson said as outlined in the proposed 2017/18 budget the rating strategy, which sees an increase in four main categories, aims to be fair and equitable over four years.
‘‘Council’s proposal seeks to move towards a single, uniform rate for all ratepayers,’’ he said.
Of the four categories dryland farmers will be hit the hardest with council proposing to reduce their current subsidy.
‘‘We will slowly reduce the 20 per cent rate subsidy that dryland farmers have had over many years, so that all rate categories are rated the same,’’ Cr Gibson said. ‘‘In 2017/18 this would see the 428 dryland farm properties in Gannawarra, with the median value being $391,000, incurring an increase of around $148.’’
Based on the state government imposed rate cap of two per cent Gannawarra Shire will collect an additional income of $195,000 annually.
Council will consider the adoption of the proposed budget and council plan at its meeting on June 28.