Budget has regional focus
THE Calliope Shire Council was not saying anything out of school yesterday, but the budget it will bring down today is expected to have a strong regional emphasis.
Calliope councillor Graham McDonald would not pre-empt what council would do at its deliberations today 'but the rate in the dollar and water pricing are likely things residents would be looking at when the budget is released,' he said.
'All I can say is that Calliope's budget would be looking regionally and so is likely to spend a lot of money that will benefit the whole region.
'As for what people will pay for water, we have been waiting on the Gladstone Area Water Board to hand down its pricing ? it's finally come through and the pricing will be based on its recommendations.'
The recent valuations were also expected to raise some problems for the council.
Calliope mayor George Creed said the council had a policy of fully funding its depreciation 'and I would expect it would continue to maintain and expand its services'.