April 29, 2020

South Burnett councillors voted unanimously on Wednesday to freeze Council’s schedule of fees and charges for at least six months.

The meeting was told Council usually increased the Fees and Charges Schedule by roughly 2 per cent every year to take account of inflation.

The schedule is based on recovering the cost of Council services.

It is generally released several weeks before the annual Budget to allow Council’s IT systems to be upgraded with the new charges, which usually come into effect from July 1.

Councillors were due to approve the Schedule for 2020-21 at Wednesday’s meeting.

However – as a COVID-19 relief measure – officers suggested a six-month freeze on any increase, a move that will cost the Council an estimated $76,000 in lost revenue.

Councillors agreed, and the decision will be reviewed in six months.

Mayor Otto clarified that this vote covered fees and charges only.

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