Palmerston residents to enjoy freeze on council rates

by | Jun 4, 2020 | News | 1 comment

Palmerston Council has become the latest Territory council to provide a rate freeze for ratepayers for the next financial year due to the coronavirus crises.   

Council’s draft budget includes a zero increase on rates and waste service charges for the 2020/21 financial year, compared to the previous year.

Free parking in Palmerston’s city centre will also continue until September 30, as well as free entry to the Palmerston pool and free venue hire for community groups.

Mayor Athina Pascoe-Bell the budget was now open for community feedback.

“The hold on rates will see a zero increase for ratepayers,” she said.

“Council will also hold or reduce its fees and charges, with no change to community service levels, while in some areas Council is increasing its services.

“Council is carefully balancing the needs of our community, with the aim of supporting our ratepayers and local economy.”

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Council’s capital budget of $6.1 million includes: $2.3 million for roads, shared paths and street amenity beautification; $1.3 million for building upgrades; $889,500 for parks and reserves; $250,000 for tree planting; $130,000 for the upgrade of Marlow Lagoon dog park; $130,000 for an audio recording studio at the City of Palmerston Library; and $55,000 for shading of playgrounds and open spaces.

A further $250,000 will go towards the installation of a solar PV system for council buildings to reduce energy costs, $250,000 for continuation of council’s ‘dark spots’ upgrades, $150,000 for improvements to the city’s stormwater drain network, $85,000 for a public art program and $80,000 for a waste education program.

Council’s draft municipal plan and budget are available to view at council’s website, with community feedback closing at 5pm on Thursday, July 2.

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