Waste levy underpins budget

KEIR TUNBRIDGEAlbany Advertiser

A controversial $50 minimum waste charge in the 2012-13 budget on top of regular property rates and the $284 refuse collection rate will underpin the City of Albany’s plan to safeguard and fund future waste management infrastructure in Albany.

A similar $50 charge was introduced last year and attracted criticism it was another hit to the hip pockets of already struggling families.

But City chief executive Faileen James said this year’s minimum $50 Waste Facilities Maintenance rate was vital for infrastructure improvement.

“Waste management is a very important matter for all residents of our City,” she said.

“Over $2 million has been allocated in this budget to build on last year’s capital works for much needed infrastructure improvement in waste management.

“The executive management team, along with council, are taking a strategic approach to our City’s waste management, investigating alternate future waste refuse sites, and the possibility of extending the life of existing sites.”

Ms James said the waste management reserve fund would also be increased to more then $900,000 to fund future capital expenditure on waste sites.

Last year’s $50 waste levy was the centre of controversy after the Department of Local Government advised the City it could be unlawful.

While this year’s charge has been approved by the Department, Albany Ratepayers and Residents Association president Elizabeth Barton criticised the ongoing charge and said ratepayers should not have to pay it.


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