LOCAL ratepayers could fork out over $2.3 million, collectively, for the 2018/19 Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resource Management levy, according to a report tabled to Barossa councillors.
The contributions, based on capital value of the rateable properties within each council, are being proposed under the new Natural Resources Management (NRM) Act for 2018/19.
Playford residents will front the largest cost, compared with the other four local councils’ contributions, paying around $1.09 million, followed by Barossa (over $465,000), Gawler (over $360,000), Light Regional ($324,000) and Adelaide Plains ($174,000) councils.
Barossa Council’s contribution has increased by almost $7000 from the 2017/18 financial year.
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board regional director Brenton Grear penned a letter to Barossa Council chief executive Martin McCarthy in early February, explaining that the proposed changes are a part of the AMLR Business Plan.
This plan was endorsed by former Sustainability and Environment Minister Ian Hunter in April, 2016.
“For the 2018/19 financial year, the Business Plan includes a specified amount for the Natural Resources Management levy of $30,716,303,” Mr Grear stated.
“This is to be collected by the constituent councils within the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM region, and is based on capital value of the rateable properties within it.
“Following consultation, the minister determines the share of the total levy to be contributed by each council, which is based on the proportion of the total capital value within its area.
“After consideration of any comments, the minister will determine council’s share and submit the amount to the Governor for approval.”
Mr Grear stated that following this, council will be notified and the approved contributions will be published in the Government Gazette.
Councils may seek reimbursement for administrative costs incurred during collection of the NRM levy, with the total amount that can be claimed being $2439 plus 23 cents per rateable assessment.