Rates key focus of council?s budget
By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au
GLADSTONE residents will find out how much they will pay in rates and where the money will go when Gladstone City Council hands down its budget tomorrow.
With several budget items the source of debate in recent months, the document is sure to be a talking point for many local residents.
Council chief executive Julie Reitano was unable to pre-empt anything about the budget yesterday but said the council's review of its corporate plan was sure to make an impact.
'We've recently undergone a review of the corporate plan and aligned operations to reflect that draft and that will be shown in the budget, but I can't say any more than that,' she said.
As always rates will be the main focus for locals, particularly after the massive leap in unimproved land values around Gladstone recently.
The council has adopted a new differential rating system for the next financial year, in which rates may be capped following requests from local residents.
Another big ticket item will be the price of water, with a decision by Gladstone and Calliope to remain with equalised pricing following a report into local water costs by the Queensland Competition Authority.