As part of Council’s annual budget process, the fees and charges schedule has been reviewed.
Whilst Council’s main revenue source is from rates and utility charges, fees and charges revenue is still significant at approximately $26 million or 8% of total operating revenue.
In 2015, Council adopted the practice of increasing fees and charges on a biennial basis which would have seen an increase in the 2020/21 year. Due to the unknown impacts of COVID-19, the decision was made to freeze fees and charges in that year.
Council today endorsed an increase of 4% to the fees and charges for the 2021/22 financial year.
Due to an ongoing review of Planning and Development fees and changes, no increase to these fees and charges is proposed at this time. This review is expected to be finalised in the first half of 2021/22 and will be presented to Council for consideration once complete.