THREE QUESTIONS TO THE MAYOR
Rate rises in other councils in our area: Cairns 1.75pc, Cassowary Coast 2pc, Mareeba 2.5pc, Tablelands 4.04pc.
1. With the exception of the Tablelands which is 4.04 per cent other local councils’ rate rises are below 3.9 per cent. Can you comment on this please?
Due to the under investment within Council’s infrastructure assets prior to de-amalgamation, Council has had to strategically develop capital works programs to rectify this under investment, particularly in regards to our water and wastewater assets. Since de-amalgamation Council has been following a strategy to achieve financially sustainability, as per statutory financial ratios, in the year 2019/20. As such the demands on Council’s expenditure differs from neighbouring Councils and in formulating the Douglas Budget, Councillors and senior staff concentrate on the local community expectations and the continued delivery of high quality services.
2. Can you remind us what were the previous rate rises since inauguration of the new DSC?
0% 2013/14 (January 1-June 30 2014) 5.2%, 2014/15 5.2%, 2015/16 3.9%, 2016/17 3.9%, 2017/18
3. What trend should we expect in our local rate rises?
The rates percentage increase is determined on an annual basis as part of the budget development process and is dependent upon a number of factors at the time, including Council’s target to reach financial sustainability and a balanced budget by 2019/20.