News needs upgrade
REGARDING the Council News Jul/Aug/ Sep Issue 32 publication.
This glossy publication (only costs 19c to print) would be more appreciated if it was timely in its contents.
My copy was received on September 18 so most of the What’s On really should have been labelled What’s Been.
Among the articles were wild dog baiting pre-registration closed on September 7, Cycle Queensland in Gayndah on September 8 and in Biggenden September 9 and the framed photo competition closed September 7.
The front page contains pie-graphs of Budget 2012-13.
What do they tell the average ratepayer who does not possess a degree in accounting?
It seems that revenue is $43.1million and expenditure $46.4million (have we lost $3.3million?).
However on the same page revenue is $43.1million and expenditure $37.5million (have we gained $5.6million?).
Council stresses that rates have risen by 3.5% butwhat each of us have to look at is the bottom line of the rates and utility charges bill.
In my particular case an overall increase of 9% which is made up of the following increases water access 19%, sewerage 12%, garbage 8%, environmental levy 17%.
The above does not include the 24.5% increase in the price of metered water.
The type of information I feelwould interest ratepayers would be comparisons over several years of staff numbers indoor staff (directors, managers, and other staff) and field staff (supervisors, overseers, operators, and other staff).
Or an explanation of the need to have equality in water and sewerage charges when each town has different issues – some have debt and high running costswhilst others are less expensive to operate.
The idea of a publication like Council News is great but let’s make sure it is timely and presents the issues in a way that people can understand. Brian Ledwidge,