‘Rates are really not that bad’
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.