The figures: How do Gladstone's rates compare?
THERE'S a perception that Gladstone Regional Council's rates are higher than other areas, a claim Mayor Gail Sellers denies.
The rates issue has come to a head this week as ratepayers start receiving their notices, with some getting a nasty shock.
One man has started an online petition calling for a review of the region's rates, and has chalked up more than 3500 supporters since Tuesday night.
Cr Sellers has said some comments about rates were "not well founded", and has encouraged ratepayers to contact the council for clarification.
"Our rates are not out of the ordinary but they are a tax that no-one enjoys," she said.
The council has provided figures comparing Gladstone's rates to other councils in the area and further afield.
They show that net rates levied, including the general rate, water, sewerage, waste and various other levies, minus discounts offered, total $2624.08 for the average residential valuation of $169,580.
In comparison, Rockhampton's net rate total is $2520.78 based on a valuation of $116,000, while Bundaberg's is $2607.92, based on an average valuation of $105,579.
In Mackay, the net rate amount is $2900.62, based on a valuation of $173,679.
However, in Redland, the average residential valuation is $280,000 and the net rates levied is $2645.04.
Figures for other regions include:
- Fraser Coast: $2798.70 based on $116,000
- Townsville: $2721.85 based on $161,000
- Cairns: $2530.45 based on $185,000
- Toowoomba: $2422.10 based on $137,000.