Asset Backlog – Rate Increases

According to a recent report Willoughby Council has $28 million backlog in public works. Of this $20 million is needed to bring stormwater drains up to scratch. Council is in the process of prioritising these public works. Council will spend $2.7 million this financial year on problem. Roads, curbs, gutters and footpaths need $7.2 million. Roads need $4.4 million.

Council is planning to to get on top of the backlog within a few years. Feedback from the community to date is that they would accept a modest increase in rates to address the backlog. We hear that Council is looking at rate increases of 3, 4 or 5%.

There will be further community consultation before major decisions are made.

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