April 29, 2021
South Burnett Regional Council’s fees and charges will rise by an average of 1 per cent from July 1.
At Wednesday’s General Meeting, Councillors approved the 2021-22 Fees and Charges Schedule as part of their Budget preparations.
The Schedule covers Council charges for providing services such as dog registrations, hall hire, camping fees at Lake Boondooma and Yallakool, swimming pool entry charges etc.
It also sets fees for building and plumbing services.
Finance General Manager Susan Jarvis said most charges had risen by CPI.
The main exceptions were statutory charges levied by higher levels of government that Council has no control over, and small things such as photocopying fees where a one per cent rise was more trouble than it was worth and/or primarily impacted pensioners.
She said Council was a non-profit organisation and its aim was to recover the costs of providing services to the community.
Council approves its Schedule of Fees and Charges one to two months before the new financial year to allow staff time to update Council’s information and billing systems.
However, the new charges will not come into effect until July 1.