BALLARAT City Council has dumped its controversial economic development and tourism levy in its draft 2012-13 budget.
But a new gaming venue rate has been proposed, meaning commercial pokies venues will pay rates over and above other commercial operators.
The new rate is expected to deliver $70,000 to council coffers.
Local sporting clubs and community clubs on recreation land will receive a full rates rebate.
The council is also proposing an overall rate increase of 4 per cent and will spend almost $37 million on capital works projects.