ARARAT Rural City Council is planning to freeze council rates next financial year in a move expected to be applauded by ratepayers.
Council will adopt its draft budget for the 2022-23 financial year at a meeting next week which will show a zero increase in municipal rates.
The rate freeze follows on from two years where council managed to cut rates.
Council CEO Tim Harrison said freezing rates in the new financial year effectively means a net zero increase in rates over five years.

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