April 12, 2021
South Burnett Regional Council is weighing up increasing some basic sewerage charges in next year’s Budget.
The price rise would affect hospitals, schools, the owners of flats and units, and all commercial premises.
The proposal is part of an effort to claw back more of the $5.5 million annual cost of running the region’s sewerage network.
In a letter sent recently to potentially affected ratepayers, Council said it was considering raising charges for second pedestals (ie. toilets) to the same rate as first pedestals for schools, hospitals and flats.
As well, owners of commercial properties would also face an increased cost for second pedestals. At the moment, they pay 28 per cent of the first pedestal charge for extra pedestals.
The letter does not state what percentage Council is considering lifting this to, but points out that many other councils – including Southern Downs and Western Downs – charge the full first pedestal rate for second pedestals in commercial properties.
At present, commercial ratepayers connected to the main sewerage system pay $739 a year for their first pedestal and $207 per year for each additional toilet.
Council said if the new scheme was introduced, the extra charges would be phased in over two or three years.
The increase would not affect the owners of private residences, who are not subject to second pedestal charges regardless of how many toilets they have on their property.
Council is now calling for feedback to help inform this year’s Budget discussions.
Feedback can be emailed to Council, posted to PO Box 336, Kingaroy 4610 or given by phone on (07) 4189-9100.