Atro­cious mess

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

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

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