The Centralian advocate Fri 2 Jun 2006
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6 Centralian Advocate, Friday, June 2, 2006 PU B :C A D V D A TE:2-JU N -2006 PA G E:6 C O LO R : C M Y K If you are camping down the track on Finke Weekend, please respect the wishes of the landholders and race organisers Think Safety and Think Environment Take all rubbish home with you Dont take recreational vehicles Drive only on the designated tracks Leave your pets at home Take your own fi rewood Be careful with campfi res Go easy on the alcohol Know where your kids are Listen to the advice of race offi cials The Northern Territory Police will be patrolling the track, on the lookout for anti-social behaviour and all road rules apply, so dont drink and drive. Lets make the Tattersalls Finke Desert Race safe for everyone and remember, without the landholders support,there is no race. 73 48 05 /0 6 THE BIG RATE SLUG Council to save for new town dump COUNCIL will start saving for the multi-million dollar cost of a replacement town dump in its next budget, its CEO said yesterday. Rex Mooney said council was also facing a rehabilitation liability costingmillions of dollars when the Commonage Road landfill site reaches capacity within 15 to 20 years. Council has earmarked $200 000 annually to cover the cost of this future liability. The financial impact of this initiative is part of the reason why ratepayers face a 7 per cent rise in garbage collection charges. Councils $130 waste management fee will rise by $9.10 from next financial year. It is unknown where the garbage site will be developed. Funds not for camps NO ratepayer funds will be used in 2006-07 to fund town camp liabilities, the council said yesterday. Mayor Fran Kilgariff said council would not assume responsibility for town camp services unless these liabilities were self-funded. A f i rs t s tep toward normalising council functions within town camps would be for camp properties to pay rates, she said. Alice Springs Town Council chief executive officer Rex Mooney said council was committed to examining the transfer of municipal responsibility on camps from Tangentyere to council but not without a detailed financial plan. He said: We need to ensure that a financial base is agreed upon first. Rate rises needed to plan town future Fran Kilgariff Stories by AURORA DANIELS A L I C E S p r i n g s Mayor Fran Kilgariff yesterday defended a proposed 7 per cent hike in municipal rates. Ms Kilgariff said the steep increase was needed to help council fund future liabilities and new funding priorities identified within councils four-year strategic plan. She said the rise which followed a 3 per cent rise in 2005 and 2004, and a 2.8 per cent jump in 2003, would also help offset a fall in nonrate revenue such as the councils Financial Assistance Grants. Ms Kilgariff said: We need to start saving reserves for the future. We also need to fund projects that have been identified by residents in our surveys, such as public toilets. In total, council plans to collect $12.1 million, or about half its annual revenue, from the rise. Council CEO Rex Mooney said the rise equated to less than $1 per week for minimum ratepayers, who made up about half of all ratepayers. He said there was a need for council to accrue funds from each annual budget to cover future liabilities, such as a the replacement of ageing infrastructure, plant and equipment. As a result, he said council could not managewith simplistic CPIbased annual rate rises. Mr Mooney said: I would say annual rate rises in excess of CPI in the future are a given. We are a developing municipality and we need to fund the growth in services. Anything lessmeans we cannot afford to fund the priorities that we have identified. Alderman David Koch said: Its time to face reality.Council has been subsidising ratepayers for years. Mr Koch was referring to a controversy in 2000 when there was a rates freeze due to council having access to a sizeable cash surplus. DeputyMayorRobyn Lambley said: Alice has been conservative with rate rises and were asking people to be understanding with what might seem a large rate rise. To soften theblow for Todd Mall traders, council has agreed to drop its Todd Mall levy which will result in traders paying a rise of less than 7 per cent. The 2006/2007 estimates and businesess plan will be available for comment from today until June 23. Where will it all be spent Where will it all be spent Here is an overview of where the additional rate revenue will go. $331,783 will be saved to fix or replace ageing infrastructure in the future. $251,000 will be used to cover the six-month cost of a new enterprise bargaining agreement for staff. $139,545 will go towards $250,000 being spent on building new public toilets in Hartley Street. $100,000 is being put aside for public art outside the Civic Centre. $100,000 extra would be spent on maintaining verges. $100,000 used to build new public toilets at the Totem Theatre. An extra $100,000 (making a new total of $300,000) will go towards resealing roads. Minimum ratepayer: Residential properties with a UCV of less than $75,000 2005 rate: $615 2006 rate: $658 Difference: $43 2005 rubbish fee $130 2006 rubbish fee: $139.10 Difference: $9.10 TOTAL: $52.10 Rural block owner, 1410 hectares, with a UCV of $750,000 2005 rate: $1,125 2006 rate: $1203.75 Difference: $78.75 2005 rubbish fee $40 2006 rubbish fee: $42.80 Difference: $2.80 TOTAL: $81.55 Golf course estate owner, 1050 square metres, with a UCV of $160,000 2005 rate: $1328 2006 rate: $1421 Difference: $93 2005 rubbish fee $130 2006 rubbish fee: $139.10 Difference: $9.10 TOTAL: $102.10 Eastside residence, 1410 square metres, with a UCV of $323,000 2005 rate: $1902 2006 rate: $2035 Difference: $133 2005 rubbish fee $130 2006 rubbish fee: $139.10 Difference: $9.10 TOTAL: $142.10 Tourism commercial building in Todd Mall, 349 square metres, with a UCV of $240,000 2005 rate: $6480 2006 rate: $693 Difference: $454 (No waste management fee due to them arranging own collection) Then deduct the former Todd Mall levy $141.60 TOTAL: $312 Industrial area property, 5040 square metres, with a UCV* of $350,000 2005 rate: $4200 2006 rate: $4494 Difference: $294 2005 rubbish fee $130 2006 rubbish fee: $139.10 Difference: $9.10 TOTAL: $303.10 *UCV = unimproved capital value of land-only component WHAT YOUR 2006-2007 RATES WILL COST
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