THE new rates will be a burden to everyone in the region.
In addition to the $140 levy and the 5% rate increase, the 10% deduction for paying on time (which most people do) has been reduced to 5%. This means our rates will effectively have increased significantly more than 10%.
On top of this there will be the increase in water and sewerage charges that are expected to increase dramatically. Has this huge increase been necessary to pay for the $851,313.75 organisational review that was not budgeted for that has seen employee costs soar to over six million dollars above last year? Mayor Whitney, Councillor Clifford and the CEO Scott Waters are on the Airlie Main Street Project Advisory Group that has incurred millions of dollars of cost overruns and over spending. Does the council really know what is happening financially?
Recently council confessed to a further $5million blowout of the budget that became evident after an internal audit. The Mayor and CEO told us they were cutting costs and then requested the highest allowable pay rise for herself and councillors.
We are sick and tired of some councillors continually grandstanding about the financial woes not being their fault and pushing the blame elsewhere but this over-budget, overspending and incorrect calculation of the finances is all happening in your current term councillors and we wonder what you are doing about this atrocious financial mess and extravagant spending that appears to be out of control. C Burdett Proserpine