Council asked to save cash

ASKING Gympie region councillors to support him in trying to save money, Cr Ian Petersen moved a motion yesterday that the council’s department heads look into ways to save before the next budget meeting.

Cr Petersen said a lot of people “couldn’t stand” another rates rise and had asked whether there was any way the council could cut costs across the board and ultimately keep the bill to ratepayers down.

“If it’s not absolutely necessary, let’s try to save it,” he said.

His motion was seconded by Cr Jan Watt and carried in yesterday’s Corporate Governance and Finance Committee meeting after councillors received a summarised budget report.

Director of financial services Yvonne Oliver said everything seemed to be in order with the budget.

However, she said, due to delayed works, budgeted subsidy revenue and capital expenditure under the sewerage program would have to be adjusted at the nine-monthly budget review.

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