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