Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Getting Back to Basics?

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Getting Back to Basics?

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Byline: KERRI-ANNE MESNER gladstoneobserver.com.au

IT'S been dubbed the C[pounds sterling]Back to BasicsC[yen] budget by Gladstone Regional Council, with some charges blamed on state government decisions.

Gladstone Mayor George Creed said in his budget report the state government's decision to remove the 40 per cent subsidy on water and sewerage trunk infrastructure led to a $36 per property per year increase in charges.

C[pounds sterling]We are talking about a 5.3% increase in rates which is largely driven by construction costs,C[yen] he said.

Cr Creed said a significant proportion of council's costs were construction based which had increased by just over 7% in the past year.

C[pounds sterling]CPI for this period was just under 3%. Given these impacts, council believes that a 5.3% increase in the general rate is a realistic increase that maintains its ability to deliver key services to the community.

C[pounds sterling]The 10% cap on general residential rates has been maintained as has the 15% cap on business, commercial and light industrial properties. …

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