Muswellbrook Mayor defends proposed rate rise

May 16, 2023 10:40 am in by
Muswellbrook Shire Mayor Steve Reynolds. Image: Darren Cutrupi

Muswellbrook Mayor Steve Reynolds has defended council’s decision to increase rates from July.

The draft fees and charges for 2023/24 are currently out for community feedback and include upping the rates by 3.7 per cent.

Last year the permissible zero-point-seven of a per cent rise was not passed on after a motion to absorb the cost was successfully put forward by Councillor Jeff Drayton.

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Muswellbrook Mayor Steve Reynolds says the increases from this July can be easily justified.

This is on top of water and sewage charges going up on average by 400-dollars per house,