Kingborough Council has released its draft 2021-22 Budget and is seeking community feedback.
Mayor Dean Winter said, “the draft budget is based on a 2.8% general rate increase and the removal of the COVID-19 remission”.
“In 2020-21 we provided a one-off COVID-19 rate remission to support households and businesses during a very uncertain time.
“The remission supported households and businesses by rebating $690,000 of rates that would otherwise have been payable. Unfortunately, it can’t keep going forever and it won’t be in this year’s rates notice.
“This rise will still see Kingborough with the lowest rates in Greater Hobart (see Local Government Rates Snapshot for comparison).
“Our support will be targeted to those who need it. Anyone who is having difficulty paying their rates notice should contact our team at Council and we can provide support under our Hardship Policy.
“Council has budgeted for the delivery of over $16 million of infrastructure projects, our highest ever spend.”
With the Kingston Park Playground major project completed, Council will focus on capital works on three areas:
- Rebuilding Kingston, starting with the complete redevelopment of the Channel Highway at Kingston early in 2022.
- Developing the parklands below the new Kingston Park Playground into an area for outdoor activities, exercise and green open space.
- An upgrade and rejuvenation for regional playgrounds, including Louisa Hinsby Park (Taroona), Dru Point (Margate) and Silverwater Park (Woodbridge).
Submissions are open until 14 May 2021 and can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to Kingborough Council, 15 Channel Hwy, Kingston 7050.