Tax axing cuts dump fee from today at Lakes Creek landfill
AS OF today trucks and trailers dropping off rubbish at the Lakes Creek landfill will pay less, with Rockhampton Regional Council passing on its savings from the axing of the carbon tax.
Before the tax was abolished on July 17, council was expecting its carbon tax bill from the landfill to cost $1.5 million for the 2014/2015 financial year.
Increased charges from suppliers also impacted by the carbon tax have also cost council since it was introduced in 2012.
At yesterday's Performance and Service Committee meeting Mayor Margaret Strelow told her fellow councillors passing on the savings was the moment the community had been waiting for.
"There is a bill we were going to have to pay that we no longer have to pay," she said.
But councillors were told as the region's rates had already been calculated and were ready to be printed, no changes could be made to the current cleansing charge on rates bills.
Instead ratepayers will receive a concession of about $18.80 when the January to June 2015 rates were sent out.
Fees and charges should be reduced by about $22.50 each tonne of waste.