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Alexandrina & Mt Barker Councils Drops Rate Rises

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After a community consultation process that saw feedback given to the Alexandrina Council about their proposed new financial year rate rise, the decision has been made to drop the percentage rate.

Originally, with infrastructure planning in the 2018/19 year, the rate rise was set at 3.6%.

After the feedback, council went back to the drawing board and found savings by reducing the additional services budget from $317,000 to $93,ooo, easing cost of living pressure on residents by dropping the rate rise back to 2.9%.

The Mt Barker Council has also listened to their residents, dropping their proposed rate rise from 3.2% to 2.9%

The move will reduce council's rate revenie by $91,000, coucil saying cost of living pressures on residents was the catalyst for the 0.33% reduction, despite council facing a larger waste management bill after China's decision to stop taking recycling from Australian sources.