Mayor says Dou­glas costs too much

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

CAIRNS Re­gional Coun­cil Mayor Bob Man­ning be­lieves ‘‘we’ve spent more money in the Dou­glas Shire than we raised from them’’. Cr Man­ning told the Gazette yes­ter­day coun­cil re­ceives around 11 per cent of rates, levies and charges from the Dou­glas Shire, but in this cur­rent fi­nan­cial year spent 12.7 per cent of ex­penses in Dou­glas and 14 per cent of the to­tal cap­i­tal works bud­get. ‘‘There was even a stronger com­mit­ment by the cur­rent coun­cil for fu­ture cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­ture in the DSC area - $75 mil­lion had been sched­uled in CRC’s for­ward plans over the next five years,’’ he said. Di­vi­sion 10 coun­cil­lor Ju­lia Leu re­futes this claim and said items such as bridges, roads and wa­ter projects, re­ceived sub­stan­tial fed­eral and state grants. ‘‘Any stated so called fu­ture com­mit­ments can’t be trusted and are mean­ing­less, as al­ready the Man­ning coun­cil has en­forced cuts backs to labour, ma­te­ri­als and ser­vices and the pro­posed cap­i­tal works bud­get across CRC has been re­duced by mil­lions,’’ she said.

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