Council to consider higher charges

LAUNCESTON aldermen will today consider the council's proposed fees and charges recommended for next financial year.

In a report by finance manager Paul Gimpl and corporate services director Michael Tidey, it is proposed that council fees increase at a baseline of 3 per cent.

``It is essential in the context of the council's current budget and the underlying operating deficit that every effort is made to maintain and increase fee revenue so as not to increase the reliance on rate revenue,'' the report says.

Fees and charges make up 21 per cent ($18.5 million) of the council's budgeted operating revenue, according to the 2014 Statutory Estimates.

Among minimal changes to parking fees, it is recommended that parking at one-hour street meters could cost $2.30 an hour and parking at three-hour meters could leap 20 to $1.80 for 60 minutes.

It is suggested the cost for commercial vehicle permits rise by 48.3 per cent to $307 a year, the hourly rate to park at Inveresk to jump by 9.1 per cent to $1.20 and the hourly rate at Royal Park to  increase to $1.80.

Most dog registration fees could increase by $1 on average, and a  $320 fee for a roofed deck over 20 square metres may be introduced.

The council also wishes to increase the exhumation fee by 79.5 per cent to $2500 and raise various other charges at the Carr Villa Cemetery and Crematorium.

The crematorium is operating at a $350,000 deficit and costing   ratepayers about $475,000 a year.

  Ratepayers will be invited to submit suggestions and the new fees and charges structure will apply from July 1.

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