Many ratepayers face increases

RATEPAYERS along one of the Gympie region's most expensive strips of real estate may be looking forward to some hip-pocket relief in the council's 2012-13 budget but it will be small change compared to the thousands they will still be shelling out.

Owning a house on Tin Can Bay's Esplanade attracted an annual rates bill of more than $5400 this financial year, but next year it will be more like $5200, thanks to a drop in land valuations.

Coming off The Esplanade, the rates in Parrot St are less than half their neighbours' bills, but property owners can expect no reduction in their rates next year - instead they will get a $115 rise.

Gympie Rd commercial properties will be paying closer to $300 more than last year.

Rainbow Beach home owners on Carlo Dr paid about $2400 in 2011-12 and can expect to pay an extra $200 next financial year.

Commercial properties along Rainbow Beach Rd are looking at a $300 hike on top of the last rates bill of more than $6000.

The 2360km maintained road network that helps connect the Cooloola Coast to the rest of the Gympie region will cost $6 million to maintain over the next year, $15 million in flood restoration and $15.2 million in capital works, which includes resealing, bitumen widening, asphalt overlays, drainage and footpath extension works.

"Significant works, including the construction of pathways and passenger set-down facilities will be undertaken in school zones to help make these areas safer for school traffic and all users of these zones," mayor Ron Dyne said.

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