Council to pick apart budget

AS Southern Downs Regional Councillors sit down today to analyse the draft 2010/11 budget, they will brace themselves for ratepayer backlash with the region’s new ratings model to be announced this week.

Mayor Ron Bellingham yesterday told the Daily News he was “optimistic” about the budget, and said he expected councillors to come close to signing off on the document today, before it is officially released on July 7.

“We will be going through it line by line, page by page – it’s a significant sized document and we will be examining everything that has been proposed,” he said.

“There has been a huge amount of work put into the budget, and at the end of the day we need to be positive as a community.”

Cr Bellingham said Council had now decided on the new variable ratings model, so be sure to grab Friday’s copy of the Warwick Daily News for full information on the new system and how it will affect you.

He said putting together the new model had been a torturous process, but said he was confident Council had selected the right option.

Cr Bellingham conceded that some properties which had huge a huge spike in unimproved land val- ues, released earlier this year, were likely to have large rates increases.



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