City of Mandurah to consider full user pays model for waste management

City of Mandurah to consider full user pays model for waste management

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.

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