Rates waste charge up by 16%

RATEPAYER Rob Rogl is not happy about his new rates bill.

The Upper Orara resident, who has just received the news about his 2011-2012 rates in his letterbox, said his waste charge had gone up by $55, representing the largest increase in the new bill.

He said while Coffs Harbour City Council had publicised the 2.8% increase in the general rate, they had been very quiet about the massive increase in the waste charge, which made up the bulk of his increased costs.

Mr Rogl said the waste charge hike was an increase of almost 16%.

“My rates went up by $80, of which $55 was the increase in the waste charge,” Mr Rogl said.

As a country resident who has “chooks and a chipper”, Mr Rogl said he would be happy to dispense with the green bin component of his three-bin waste collection, if it meant he could reduce his waste bill, which was a heavy burden on “an ordinary bloke”.

He said the leaflet which accompanied his rates had not specified the increase in the waste charge and if the increase had been at the same level as the general rate increase it would have been much less onerous.

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