Rates on the rise
Adelaide Hills Council ratepayers could be set for the biggest rate rise in a decade, driven by inflation.
Earlier this month councillors agreed to seek public feedback on a draft budget that includes an average council rate rise of 4.9%.
Council staff originally recommended an increase of 5.1% to match the national inflation rate, but at a meeting this month councillors decided to reduce the proposed rate rise by 0.2 of a percentage point.
If the budget is approved after consultation, the rate rise will still be the largest since 2011/12, when rates increased by 6.75% due to a surge in demand for infrastructure maintenance following extreme weather events.