Noosa spells out where rate monies are being spent

ALMOST $700 of an average residential rate notice goes to improving, maintaining and managing Noosa Shire’s critical infrastructure needs. 

To better explain where ratepayers’ funds go, Noosa Council has itemised an average residential rate notice to show how it funds over 100 different services, functions and activities. 

The $159 million 2022-23 draft budget has a strong focus on delivering key infrastructure and implementing a range of waste initiatives and services. 

Mayor Clare Stewart said even with a proposed 5.1 per cent increase to the total rates bill for most ratepayers, council continues to provide good value to residents. 

“About $430 of a rates notice is directed to capital works and when you include maintaining our roads, bridges, footpaths and dealing with rising costs in waste management, the dollar figure jumps to about $858,” Mayor Stewart said. 

The average residential ratepayer will pay about $1637 in 2022-23. 

“Like any household budget, we are faced with increased fuel, insurance and electricity costs and some of these have jumped significantly over the last 12 months. 

That equates to $56 for the average residential ratepayer,” Cr Stewart said. 

Council’s environmental, conservation, climate change and zero emissions work take up $69 of each rate notice. 

Nearly $160 is spent providing important community facilities and services such as the J Noosa, the Noosa Aquatic Centre, Noosa Leisure Centre, providing lifeguard services, managing holiday parks and maintaining public toilets, BBQs and community halls. 

It costs $77 per residential ratepayer to help fund the shire’s libraries, gallery, heritage activities and to provide the highly sought-after community grants. 

A full breakdown of the average residential rate notice is available on Council’s Your Say Noosa website, as part of the current consultation on the 2022-23 Draft Council Budget. 

Cr Stewart said council had scrutinised all areas to ensure any rate increase would be no greater than the national CPI. 

“Obviously, sharp increases in land valuations from the State Government coupled with the February floods had significantly impacted the budget deliberations.”  

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