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Increases in Water and Sewer Charges

Currently Warrumbungle Shire Council is seeking submissions by the public on the annual Operational Plan for the 2019-20 period, within this Plan are proposals to increase the charges for sewer by 15% and water by 18%. ‚Äč

“The proposed increases by Council has not been an easy decision for Council” said Warrumbungle Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Denis Todd. “These quite large increases are being proposed for a range of reasons some of which include the increasing costs of maintaining and importantly upgrading of infrastructure; increasing electricity costs; maintenance of, and increase in, service levels across the Shire; costs increasing more than revenue for a number of years along with the sharp decline in revenue as a result of the drought.”

“Very importantly though Council needs to deal with a number of large projects, especially in the water and sewer areas, plus Council has had to deal with a number of emergency water supply works throughout the shire” said Cr Todd.

“Council has been fortunate to have received funding to assist it with these works but often Council is also required to contribute large sums to these projects as well.”

“Over the past almost four years Council has undertaken many large scale capital works in its Water Fund. These works have been escalating and amounted to expenditure in excess of $5.8 million with funding in the order of $3.3 million, a funding gap of $2.5 million. In the coming two years Council is expecting to spend a further $4.7 million and will only receive $1.1 million creating a funding gap of $3.6 million.”

“Some of the projects that Council needs to complete in the coming years include the clarifier at the Baradine Water Treatment Plant, water meter replacements, mains replacements and extensions, reservoir upgrades, improvements to the Mendooran Water Supply and studies into the upgrade of the Coolah Water Supply system.”

“These are large scale projects and important for the security of our water supplies” said Cr Todd.

“As for the Sewer Fund there are even larger projects ahead with over $11 million in projects proposed in the next couple of financial years.”

“It is important for people to be aware that Council is not able to cross subsidise these funds, they must be financially self sustaining.”

“At the end of the day these projects have been or are necessary to ensure that good and adequate services are provided to our communities. There will be some more difficult decisions ahead to ensure that Council remains financially viable, especially with the number and type of assets Council maintains.”

“Submissions in relation to the Operational Plan are being encouraged but should be made by 24 May 2019” concluded Cr Todd.

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Last Updated: 23 May 2019

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