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Solid Waste Levy increase

Released on 27 June 2019

Following the State Government’s decision to increase the Solid Waste Levy, Council carefully considered the implications of the resulting $777,000 increase in costs on its proposed 2019/20 budget.

Council adopted its 2019/20 budget on Monday evening based upon absorbing half of the levy increase while adjusting the proposed rate increase of 2.5 per cent – on which Council consulted – to 2.9 per cent to account for the remaining cost imposed.

This decision was made after careful consideration of the information included within a report to Council which considered the impact of the State Government’s Solid Waste Levy increase to Council’s budget in 2019/20 and in following years.

Contrary to some comments published within recent media and social media, the information provided to Council did not make any recommendations in relation to the Solid Waste Levy.

Instead, it brought to Council’s attention the adverse implications of Council absorbing the full cost of the increase, including its ability to respond to community needs during the year which will result higher borrowings.

City of Salisbury Mayor Gillian Aldridge OAM said Council had worked hard to achieve a balanced solution on the levy increase, which was announced unexpectedly within last week’s State Budget.

"The 40 per cent increase on the Solid Waste Levy came as a surprise to Council at a time when we were finalising our budget for 2019/20," Mayor Aldridge said.

"We are mindful of the impact of rates increases on our community and therefore Council moved to seek a balance by absorbing half of the added cost."

According to the State Government the increase is intended to encourage higher levels of recycling, however Mayor Aldridge said it was important to note Council was already proactive in its approach to waste management.

"Council is proud to partner with NAWMA (The Northern Adelaide Waste Management Authority), which provides excellence in environmental leadership through a range of innovative waste management programs including through two resource recovery centres and a waste processing facility," she said.

The Solid Waste Levy increase is expected to cost Council in the vicinity of $5 million over the next four years.