Council cuts debt, lifts rates by 2pc
RATES will rise by a general 2 per cent, and the infrastructure levy will be dumped this financial year.
Whitsunday Regional Council handed down its 2015- 16 “Community Budget” yesterday.
Council’s debt has been reduced to $ 58 million, the lowest in four years, and it has cash in the bank and is poised to begin a $ 28 million capital works program.
But councillors were divided, with Deputy Mayor Andrew Willcox, Dave Clark and Peter Ramage voting against the budget. Cr Clark accused Mayor Jennifer Whitney of electioneering ahead of next year’s local government elections by producing a squeaky clean budget.
But Mayor Whitney said council had no choice but to impose austere measures as it had been on the brink of insolvency.