Coun­cil’s deficit

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

THE Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil had a $5mil­lion dol­lar deficit a few months ago that changed to a $40mil­lion dol­lar deficit and more re­cently was al­tered to a $15 to $20 mil­lion dol­lar deficit.

Last week, the CEO, Scott Wa­ters dis­closed a fur­ther $5 mil­lion dol­lar blowout of the bud­get af­ter an in­ter­nal au­dit showed the Coun­cil was short of $25 mil­lion and not $20 mil­lion as they had pre­vi­ously cal­cu­lated. Could the atro­cious fi­nan­cial de­ba­cle be at­trib­uted to the CEO, Scott Wa­ters who came to the Coun­cil with no pre­vi­ous Lo­cal Govern­ment ex­pe­ri­ence and no fi­nan­cial qual­i­fi­ca­tions at all. The Coun­cil CEO, Scott Wa­ters has pub­li­cally crit­i­cized, as he put it, ‘fi­nan­cial wiz­ards” for putting their take on Coun­cil’s po­si­tion. Is this the pot call­ing the ket­tle black? Phil Horan JU­BILEE POCKET

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