Coun­cil to de­liver re­strained bud­get says mayor

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

COUN­CIL will to­mor­row de­liver a “re­strained” bud­get ac­cord­ing to Whit­sun­day Mayor An­drew Will­cox.

Promis­ing there will be “ben­e­fits to ev­ery­one across the re­gion”, Cr Will­cox said he was look­ing for­ward to his first bud­get as mayor.

“It’s go­ing to be a re­strained bud­get and there will be some­thing in it for ev­erybo- dy,” he said.

“We’ve ex­ten­sively work­shopped it and ev­ery­body had in put.”

When asked if a re­strained bud­get meant rein­ing in spend­ing, the mayor said this was not the case.

“No, in terms of we’re not try­ing to get any crazy rate in­crease,” he replied.

With ru­mours fly­ing that the re­gion’s south can ex­pect a larger rates in­crease than the north, Cr Will­cox said rates would be set on prop­erty value.

“What­ever hap­pens, if there’s a $100,000 prop­erty in Collinsville (or) Bowen, it’ll be pay­ing the ex­act same rates as a $100,000 prop­erty in Air­lie, Proser­pine and Can­non­vale,” he said.

“But ob­vi­ously if there’s a $100,000 prop­erty in Bowen and there’s a $200,000 prop­erty in Air­lie Beach, then the $200,000 (prop­erty) is go­ing to pay more than the $100,000 prop­erty.

“We have a rate so it’s the same across the whole re­gion; it has to de­liver par­ity across the whole re­gion.”

Mayor Will­cox said there would be money al­lo­cated for the Air­lie Beach Fore­shore re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion, “but its early days for that fore­shore (project)”.

The bud­get will also in­clude funds for the pro­posed Proser­pine Wa­ter Park, with the mayor say­ing he would also like to see the fa­cil­i­ties at Peter Faust Dam de­vel­oped for tourists.

BUD­GET: Whit­sun­day Mayor An­drew Will­cox.

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