Households across the Berrigan Shire will see an average increase of $51 on their rates and charges under the council’s 2018/19 budget.
The largest increase will be to domestic waste management charges, with an increase in the recycling charge of 18.55 per cent.
General manager Rowan Perkins the recycling charge will increase by 7.8 per cent for businesses.
He said both are directly related to a decision by the Chinese government to refuse recycling waste from Australia.
‘‘Recycling will cost a fair bit more because the Chinese aren’t taking it any more,’’ he said.
‘‘The increase isn’t a huge concern though, because it’s only about $20 more.
‘‘We made the judgment on what would be the appropriate increase in the recycling charge.
‘‘The domestic waste management charge comprises garbage collection and recycling collection.’’
Other utility charges will increase by between 2.5 per cent and three percent, while stormwater and water access charges remain unchanged.
Sewerage charges have also increased by 2.5 per cent, from $526 to $539.
Ordinary rates have increased by 2.3 per cent, the maximum allowable as determined by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal.
Including water, sewer, domestic waste management and stormwater charges, the average home will pay $2,183 in 2018/2019 compared to $2,132 in 2017/18.
The Berrigan Shire budget also includes an ‘‘ambitious infrastructure construction program’’ largely funded through NSW Government grant programs.
Continuing through to 2020, council anticipates it will include the $3.25 redevelopment of the Tocumwal Foreshore, $1.1 million on Strathvale Rd at Berrigan and $450,000 to extend and refurbish the Tocumwal Library as the larger projects.
It will be delivered on top of council’s own works program.
It includes $75,000 on heavy patching of the Tocumwal Aerodrome runway and more than $2.5 million on major road construction projects.
Council anticipates ending the year with a projected consolidated cash surplus of $28,327 in 2018/2019.