Indigo rates rise 5.7%

INDIGO residents face a rate rise of 5.7 per cent.

The Indigo council this week adopted its draft 2014-15 budget of $28.09 million and capital works of $10.43 million.

Mayor Bernard Gaffney said the rise — down on last year’s 6 per cent — would allow the council to maintain services, fund new programs and provide more money to renew infrastructure.

Most other fees and charges will rise by the CPI of 2.8 per cent.

“There are significant expectations and the cost pressures we face often are far in excess of what the average household faces,” Cr Gaffney said.

“It is good to note that Indigo’s rates are still below the average for Victoria’s small shires.”

Spending on the Beechworth-Yackandandah council office will take up $1.14 million, extending the Soldiers Road seal at Barnawartha $515,000 and Chiltern land-fill rehabilitation $300,000.

The council plans to borrow $1.5 million.