Rate rises

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

IN RE­SPONSE to Bill Pep­per’s let­ter to the editor, Whit­sun­day

Times, Fe­bru­ary 4, Yes Bill, the last coun­cil did over­spend on cap­i­tal works, but they also had a cava­lier at­ti­tude when it came to Na­tional Disas­ter fund­ing.

In the end $10.5 mil­lion had to be re­paid by the cur­rent coun­cil in­volv­ing a small levy to ratepay­ers.

Over the past four years the rate in­creases by this coun­cil have been small for the old Whit­sun­day Shire in com­par­i­son to the 100% in­crease un­der the pre­vi­ous coun­cil. What has been the most defin­ing im­prove­ment by the cur­rent coun­cil has been to make rates eq­ui­table across the en­tire shire. The last rate rise was a lit­tle over the in­fla­tion rate but does not com­pare in any way with the av­er­age of 25% per year un­der the pre­vi­ous coun­cil in the old Whit­sun­day Shire.

An­thony Moscato Air­lie Beach

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