‘Rates are re­ally not that bad’

Dalby Herald - - NEWS -

MANY res­i­dents re­ceived a huge shock this week when they saw the rise in their coun­cil rates bills.

While some peo­ple scratched their heads and won­dered why there had to be such an in­crease, at least one Dalby lo­cal did not seem to mind.

Rob Par­sons bought the block of land he still lives on in 1969. Back then, sports were not pro­fes­sional, man had not landed on the moon, and his six-month rates bill was $51.06.

How­ever, now with a bill that is well over $1000, Mr Par­sons be­lieves it is more af­ford­able than be­fore.

“If you look at rates of $51.06 for the half year in 1970. In those days that was two weeks of my wage as a trades­man,” he said.

“Now when this rate no­tice turned up it, was just over $1100 which at present is ap­prox­i­mately a week and a half’s wages.

“When you look at it like that, it is cheaper.”

Mr Par­sons also said the ser­vices pro­vided now, com­pared to when he bought his home, were vastly dif­fer­ent.

“If there is a prob­lem with wa­ter, all you do is ring the coun­cil,” he said.

“If you lived out on the farm in my day and there was a prob­lem with the wa­ter, you got the well-borer to sink a bore look­ing for un­der­ground wa­ter and that could cost 10,000 pound and no guar­an­tee you would get wa­ter.

“If you wanted to get rid of your rub­bish, you found a burnt-out stump hole and tipped it in that. Now you wheel it out the front and the rub­bish man takes it away.”

It is in this per­spec­tive which Mr Par­sons be­lieves liv­ing is much eas­ier now than in pre­vi­ous decades.

He said rates were al­ways a con­tentious is­sue but the money spent on the up­keep of the re­gion was the right thing for the town.

“There have been ups and downs but I be­lieve things are good and many changes in town are for the bet­ter.”

CON­TENT: Dalby man Rob Par­sons writ­ing a cheque for his rates bill.

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