THE City of Mandurah is expected to consider a full user pays model for charging for waste management at its Tuesday meeting.
A report from the chief executive said for some years the principle of charging for waste services had included a cross subsidy, where some portion of costs had been offset against general rates rather than paid directly by the user.
“This inequity was created in a previous decision to ensure that pensioners and Commonwealth seniors could maximise their pensioner rebate entitlement,” the report said.
“Following the acceptance of a new tender for these services, the significant savings made give the City the opportunity to return to a full user pays model of charging without a significant increase in charges while rebates remain unchanged.
“All other alternatives tend to retain an inequitable distribution of costs.”
The report recommended Council endorse the adoption of a full user pays model of charging for waste management, noting a proposed increase in the charge of three per cent for 2017/18.
Future charges for waste management services would be based on a full cost recovery model.