Mayor Ron Dyne.
Mayor Ron Dyne.

Councillors vote on 2014-2015 budget with rates a hot topic

GYMPIE regional councillors will vote this morning on the 2014-2015 budget.

The 204-page document has been presented to councillors and will be a much-anticipated topic at today's ordinary meeting.

The budget will address the financial state of the region including council's debt, investment, spending, revenue, and undoubtedly Gympie residents' most anticipated topic - rates.

Mayor Ron Dyne has braced ratepayers for a "modest" rise, while the topic of any rise at all has hit a nerve on social media.

Some Gympie Facebook users have slammed the council for annual bump-ups in rates bills, while others have questioned where the money is being spent.

Facebooker Darren Caffery said there should be no rate rise at all saying he couldn't understand the expense.

"(I have) a house in Thornton (Newcastle) and the rates there are half what Gympie pays," he said.

Also on today's agenda will be the possibility of a public jetty at Norman Point in Tin Can Bay. The project is currently estimated to cost up to $6 million.

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