RES­I­DENTS HIT WITH RATE RISE

Spe­cial re­port on Western Downs Re­gional Coun­cil's budget.

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SIN­GLE mother Tr­ish Lit­tle spends her morn­ings look­ing af­ter her grand­son, her days sell­ing cars in Chin­chilla and her nights wor­ry­ing about how she will keep food on the ta­ble for her 16-year-old son.

She said now Western Downs Re­gional Coun­cil was rais­ing her rates by 2.6%, she was also con­tem­plat­ing fit­ting in a sec­ond job.

The WDRC 2014/15 budget handed down on Fri­day slugged home own­ers with the in­crease in rates, the equiv­a­lent to an ex­tra $24/year for the aver­age res­i­den­tial property.

This was the lat­est blow to fam­i­lies af­ter it was an­nounced they would al­ready be left out of pocket with cuts to fam­ily tax ben­e­fits in the Federal budget.

Ms Lit­tle said her strug­gle to keep up with ev­ery­day ex­penses was about to get a lot more dire.

As a sales con­sul­tant at South­ern Cross Ford, she said she re­lied heav­ily on her never-as­sured com­mis­sion to “push through the never-end­ing bills”.

“We don’t have any luxuries in our house,” she said.

“Al­ready it’s a strug­gle to keep up with the cost of liv­ing and that doesn’t leave much in the kitty for any­thing else.”

“With this in­crease, I’m re­ally go­ing to have to work out how we’re go­ing to live.”

Mayor Ray Brown said he thought the budget was “ex­tremely re­spon­si­ble”.

“No-one likes to see a rate in­crease but I would have thought 2.6% was a very good out­come.

“In fact it is prob­a­bly one of the low­est we have ever brought down in a budget that I can re­call.”

PHOTO: EMMA HERON

BAL­ANC­ING THE BOOKS: Tr­ish Lit­tle wor­ries about how she will pro­vide for her son, Kane, af­ter be­ing hit with the lat­est WDRC rate rise.

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