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Horsham rate rise

Horsham rate rise

Rate hike for Horsham Rural City home owners

Horsham ratepayers will face a 1.5 percent rate increase under a proposed 2021-21 Draft Budget.
The rise is the maximum under a Municipal Rate Cap.

Horsham Rural City Council voted in favour of making the draft and a Draft Revenue Rating Plan, 2021-24, available for community comment and submissions until 5pm, June 7.

Plans also include a farm differential reduction from 67 percent to 59 percent and reducing a municipal charge from $274 to $240.

Elements of the draft attracted considerable debate, such as including a $2.1-million Hamilton Street pedestrian bridge in budget calculations.

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Cr Di Bell, with support from Cr Ian Ross, despite declaring support for the bridge concept overall, attempted to remove it from the project draft based on it being a ‘defeated motion’.

They argued the council had already voted against funding the bridge and including it in the draft was setting future direction regardless of grant success.
But other councillors, led by Cr Les Power, argued that as a draft, including the project provided an opportunity for the community a say through submissions.

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