Ku-ring-gai’s ratepayers are being asked if they wish to continue the levy that funds a range of environmental works and programs in the local area.
Ku-ring-gai’s Environmental Levy has been in place since 2005 and is levied at 5% of Council’s total rate revenue, equating to $80 a year for the average residential ratepayer and $65 a year for the average business ratepayer. The current Levy is due to expire in July 2019.
The Council is seeking ratepayer views on continuing the Levy on a permanent basis at its current rate of 5%. Ratepayer feedback on the Levy will become part of a formal submission by the Council to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal early next year, should it be supported.
The Environmental Levy funds around $2.8 million worth of programs and works every year in Ku-ring-gai’s bushland, waterways and urban environment.
These include weed eradication, stormwater harvesting, solar panels on public buildings and creek protection.
The Levy also funds an extensive program of community education, such as teaching residents how to keep native bees and reduce their power bills.
Ratepayers are being invited to have their say on the Levy through an online survey until 4 November. They can also register to attend a community workshop on 23 October at the Council Chambers in Gordon between 6pm and 9pm.
Feedback can also be emailed to the Council at firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Locked Bag 1006 Gordon NSW 2072.
Click here for more information about the Levy and giving feedback.
Media enquiries: Sally Williams Ku-ring-gai Council Ph: 9424 0982