Photos by AAP
Photos by AAP

9.7% rates revenue rise

THE Southern Downs Regional Council today handed down its 2010/2011 Budget

with a 9.7 per cent overall rise in rate revenue across the region.

Mayor Ron Bellingham acknowledged that the delivery of the 2010/2011 Budget

had been a complicated and extremely difficult task for councillors..

“While there will be some winners from the introduction of a new differential

rating system, there will also be losers,” Cr Bellingham said.

“I am under no illusion that some increases will be tough for residents and

businesses to accept, but I assure you, councillors have deliberated long and hard on

this budget, and they are very aware of the likely anguish inflicted on sections of our

community.”

In recognition of the changes to the rating system and the increases that a

number of ratepayers will be facing, Council has decided to apply a sixty (60) day

discount period instead of the traditional thirty (30) day period. This is to allow people

the time to both better understand the differential rating system and, if necessary, extra

time to pay the account.

“At the end of the day, it is a maintain lifestyle and services, or lose lifestyle and

services scenario,” he said.

More in the Daily News print edition tomorrow.



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