At the Special Council Meeting held on 19 June 2023 an increase of 6.53% to the average rates for the coming financial year was adopted by council.

  • This increase is below the current rate of inflation for Hobart of 6.9% (March CPI), and substantially lower than the Local Government Cost Index of 8.11% released earlier in the year.
  • The new rates charge follows on from Council’s decision to adopt it’s 2023-24 Budget at its meeting on 5 June 2023.
  • Clarence continues to experience unprecedented growth; the increase in demand on council services was an important consideration by council when framing this financial year’s budget.
  • The 2023-2024 budget provides $29.8M for renewal and new capital works. This increases the total ongoing capital works program, now approved by council, to approximately $55 million in 2023-24.

All revised fees and charges for the coming financial year will be updated on the website by 1 July 2023.

In addition, at the Special Council Meeting, council also adopted the the revised Long Term Financial Management Plan, alongside the Financial Management Strategy, Investment Strategy, Investment Policy, Borrowing Policy, and revised Fees and Charges (non rates) Policy.

The Grants and Sponsorship Policy 2023 and the Councillor Allowances and Expenses Policy 2023 were also endorsed by council.