A panorama of the large crowd that filled the council chambers in Maclean for a meeting about proposed rate changes.
A panorama of the large crowd that filled the council chambers in Maclean for a meeting about proposed rate changes. Adam Hourigan

Public meetings on Clarence Valley Council finances

PUBLIC meetings will be held in Maclean and Grafton next week to outline the Clarence Valley Council's draft financial and other plans for the 2015/16 financial year and beyond.

Council general manager, Scott Greensill, said the meetings would allow people to express their views on the draft documents for the 2015/16 fees and charges, 2015/16 budget, 2013/2017 delivery program and 2015/16 operational plan (including revenue policy) and long term financial plan.

"We'll be outlining those documents at the meeting, but people will be free to raise any issue they choose, including the possibility of an annual rate increase of eight per cent a year for the next five years," he said.

"Earlier this month council decided to seek feedback on the possibility of applying for a special rate variation starting from 2016/17, combined with a review of a range of council functions.

"We're more than happy to discuss this proposal and the reasons behind it."

Meeting details

Tuesday, May 26, 5:30pm, Clarence Valley Council meeting chambers, Maclean.

Thursday, May 28, 5:30pm, Clarence Valley Council meeting chambers, Grafton.



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