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BUDGET: Waste water charges cut

Bayside Bulletin by Judith Kerr

Water charges will rise 4.5 per cent and the state government water charges will go up 14.3per cent. 

However, this has been offset by a $96 reduction in the sewerage charge to counter the 14.3 per cent hike in the state government’s price of bulk water, which kicks in on July 1.

In dollar terms, the council predicts a $7.52 discount on the total water utility bill for an average Redland household consuming 200kL a year.

At the end of the current financial year, the council will post a $10million deficit, but expects to be back in the black at the end of the 2013-14 financial year with a forecasted $317,000 surplus, the first in a decade.

A series of “one-off” payments including redundancy packages for 15 staff, a $1.3million kerbside pickup after January’s storms and depreciation of North Stradbroke Island campsites, added to the 2012-13 deficit.

The deficit blow out from 2012-13’s predicted $4.16million was despite the council saving $7million on goods and services spending.

The forecast surplus for 2013-14 was not as strong as the $812,000 predicted in 2012-13 budget.

It was also posted a year ahead of the previous council’s target for a surplus of $3million in 2013-14.

Its total operating expenditure will be $170million, down from last year’s 178million, but up from 2011’s $136million.

Part of that expenditure will be for a 2.5 per cent increase in staff wages and a 3 per cent increase in the cost of goods and services.

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