Davison welcomes equalisation
GYMPIE business identity, employment consultant and “interested ratepayer” Garry Davison was yesterday delighted with what he called council's courage in completing the two-year process of equalising rates, an exercise which he says was politically difficult and too hard for some earlier council administrations.
“I'm really pleased to see they've equalised the rates.
“Since the first amalgamation in 1993, between Gympie and Widgee, there's been a disparity in rates.
“The last council was too divided – if one side wanted it the other would oppose it.
“It's good to see council at last is cohesive enough to make the hard decisions.”
“It's something that has divided the community – with some people feeling disadvantaged because they paid more rates in the dollar than people in other parts of the same council area.
“Now it's the same across the board.
“I think it's progressive. Everyone knows things have to go up.
“We have a problem with so much of the council area being publicly owned.
“About 40 per cent of the land here is state owned and no rates are paid on it.
“If it could be rated, that would make a big difference to everyone.
“The budget gives some certainty.
“Sharing the load equally helps bring the community together and it is forward looking when council can make the hard decisions,” he said.
Mayor Ron Dyne announced in the budget that the two-year phase in period for rationalising and equalising the rate in the dollar across the region was now complete.
Council also had to battle “the continued costs of amalgamation” of three previous councils.