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New water rating system for Mount Isa

Fairer water rating system for Mount Isa

Mount Isa City Council has made a switch to a new and fairer system to meet the cost of delivering water to homes and business.

Mayor Joyce McCulloch said a user pays system will replace the current quota system, where residents and business paid an annual fee for a set volume of water each year.

“For many years the Council has heard feedback from residents they felt they were paying for water they never use,” Cr McCulloch said.

“That’s why we have taken the decision to switch over to a consumption based payment system, which means you will only be charged for the water you use, together with a fixed access charge.

“It’s fairer, it responds to community feedback received over many years, and also ensures the city complies with current the Queensland Local Government Act 2009.”

Councillor McCulloch said the first water notice issued will be for the period July 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018 and will be sent during January 2019.

“We are currently finalising the rating amounts and full details will be available from next week, Wednesday 11th July,” Cr McCulloch said.

“We have delayed this decision until we were confident that it was the best way forward for this community.”

“We live in a region prone to extended periods of drought. Every drop of water is a precious resource.

“Now there’s a financial incentive for all of us to think about how we consume water and not waste it unnecessarily.”

Full details will be released next Wednesday July 11.