RATES TO RISE: Gympie Regional Council will bring down its budget for 2016-17 at the Town Hall tomorrow.
RATES TO RISE: Gympie Regional Council will bring down its budget for 2016-17 at the Town Hall tomorrow.

Rattler to get $4m kiss of life and ratepayers a 2.1% rise

GYMPIE ratepayers will most likely get a 2.1% rate rise when the Gympie Regional Council adopts its 2016/17 budget tomorrow morning, and the Mary Valley Rattler more than $4 million.

The Rattler will be allocated $250,000 for operational start-up costs plus $3.8 million of capital funds to get it moving again.

A council spokesman said the proposed budget focuses on:

 Maintaining the rates early payment discount;

 Keeping general rates rises to a minimum; and

 Delivering major projects that will make the Gympie region the natural choice to live work and play.

He said that if adopted, it will include the maintenance of the rates early payment discount of 10% and a bottom line rate increase of 2.1%.

“Investment in community facilities and infrastructure forms the foundation of the proposed budget, with significant funds allocated to complete the Gympie Aquatic Recreation Centre, ARC and funds of $250,000 for the Mary Valley Rattler operational start-up costs and a further $3.8 million of capital funds to reinstate the Mary Valley Rattler activities,” the spokesman said.

“The proposed budget also includes a capital projects program worth $48 million including $1 million for the continued rollout of the Southside sewerage, $3.5 million investment for the upgrading of the Goomong Rd Bridge and Kandanga Creek Rad Bridges and $1.4 million for continuation of the annual road reseal program.

“Another highlight is council’s continued support for community events including a $150,000 contribution to the Gympie Music Muster, $50,000 for the Rush Festival, and $24,500 to the Gympie District Show.

“The proposed budget will deliver scores of local programs and services that are vital to the liveability of the Gympie region.”

The meeting will commence at 9am. Full coverage online tomorrow on this website and in Friday’s print edition of The Gympie Times.

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