Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Readers Give Council's Rate Rise a Big Thumbs Down

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Readers Give Council's Rate Rise a Big Thumbs Down

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RATES and charges will go up 3.88% on average across Ipswich next financial year but Mayor Paul Pisasale insists residents will get more bang for their buck than ever before. What do you think about this?

Kim Marie -- Really what a joke... Rates are high enough and I don't see the benefits of where our money goes. The residents of Ipswich are getting a great deal... the only thing that will go out with a bang is people losing their mortgages because they can't afford to survive.

Carmen Bogataj Zamattia -- Areas that don't need it will get extra and the other parts of Ipswich will get jack as always. Should we charge council for mowing their strip at the front of our properties?

Belinda Morse -- Get rid of Urban Utilities, put water and sewage back on the rates, yes my rates will be around $700 a quarter but more reasonable than paying separate which is close to $900 a quarter. Don't have an issue with increase as long as it is spent across the whole council area not just a few select suburbs.

Jed Tyney -- What a joke. Never see any improvements, unless its Springfield or Ripley. Glen Coombe -- My wife said the same thing, Jed. It's truly "pathetic" at how their romance with Springfield and Ripley is paid by many.

Kayne Aylward -- Are we not already one of the highest rate payers in the south east... What does our money get?

Melissa Stephens -- Everything increases apart from our work pay cheques!

Adam Clay -- Revenue raising. Politicians seem to find it hard to work within their budgets so they make us pay more because of it.

Jacqui N John -- It seems like its going up that much every year, at least there telling us this time!

Christopher Cutting -- I don't want rates to go up. I wont be paid enough to keep up with it.

Lex Hanley -- Wages only went up 1.54 percent in the last 18 months. …

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