Gympie rates now equalised
THE politically challenging two-year process of equalising rates in the dollar across the whole Gympie Regional Council area has come to an end.
Yesterday’s council budget was presented by Mayor Ron Dyne at a special general meeting of council at Gympie Town Hall.
Cr Dyne said yesterday he could understand why the previous Cooloola Shire Council had never taken on the challenge of equalising the rate in the dollar when it was created out of the merger of Gympie City and Widgee Shire.
Gympie Regional Council had now completed the equalisation process recommended after the latest merger (of Cooloola with Kilkivan and part of Tiaro shires) by an independent consultant in 2008.
Some would go up more than others and some would even find their rates and charges bills had gone down slightly, he said.
He said the budget had progressed council’s Corporate Plan goals to provide for “a vibrant community, a sustainable economy, a responsibly managed environment and strong council leadership.
The budget had been prepared in light of continued costs of amalgamation, ever-rising expectations of residents in all areas of services provided by council, (a need to manage) the range and quality of our infrastructure and services, construction and maintenance costs rising faster than CPI, increased environmental requirements, reduced government funding and electricity price rises.