BUDGET TIME: South Burnett Regional Council CEO Mark Pitt and Mayor Keith Campbell discuss the 2019/20 council budget.
BUDGET TIME: South Burnett Regional Council CEO Mark Pitt and Mayor Keith Campbell discuss the 2019/20 council budget. Jessica McGrath

COUNCIL BUDGET: How the changes will impact your family

SOUTH Burnett residents will start to see the impacts of the South Burnett Regional Council's 2019/20 budget which was passed down last Monday.

Mayor Keith Campbell said this budget was affordable and achievable, whilst managing the diverse expectations of all residents.

The council will be investing in many projects and services as indicated in the $66 million operating budget and $20.8 million capital budget.

Ratepayers can expect a rates increase of up to 1.9 per cent for general rates during the 2019/20 financial year.

This rate rise will be cumulative to last year's rate hike which was put in place to ensure the South Burnett roads network could get the maintenance program it needed.

 

Key points from the South Burnett Regional Council 2019/20 budget.
Key points from the South Burnett Regional Council 2019/20 budget. SBRC

Rural ratepayers will especially be feeling the brunt of the rates rise after increased land valuations earlier this year.

The rural ratepayers say they feel 'victimised' after the council voted against a compassionate suggestion to waive the rates rise for rural residents.

All ratepayers can expect a price hike and a few changes to the waste services in the South Burnett.

The council have also included a new approach to quarry developments in the budget, as the businesses are expected to now pay for road maintenance.

You can read our full coverage of the South Burnett Regional Council's 2019/20 budget here.

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