Residents lash out at bud­get rate rise

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Tobi Lof­tus Tobi.Lof­

NORTH Bur­nett residents took to so­cial me­dia to voice their frus­tra­tions with yet an­other rate rise from the North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil.

Coun­cil raised rates by 4.95% in the 2017-17 bud­get.

Res­i­dent Ben Slack said he could not be­lieve the in­crease.

“An­other 5%. We paid ap­prox­i­mately $12k rates last year so we can ex­pect a $600 in­crease,” Mr Slack wrote.

“Our road hasn’t been graded for about five years.”

Emma Duff said peo­ple were still out of pocket from the floods.

“Peo­ple and busi­nesses are still strug­gling and re­cov­er­ing from two floods and then the coun­cil go and whack an ex­tra 5% onto the rates,” she wrote.

“We sim­ply can’t af­ford it.”

So­nia Jocum­sen-Wal­dock said she was pay­ing less in rates for her Gold Coast rental prop­erty.

“Our rental at Gold Coast is no where near what we have to pay (here).... for noth­ing,” she said.

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