Ratepayers meet with council

MEMBERS of the Whitsunday Ratepayers Association have met with the Mayor Mike Brunker and Council's Chief Executive Officer John Finlay to discuss their concerns about rate rises.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Mike Brunker invited two association representatives to discuss the issue.

Association secretary Tony Moscato and treasurer Ross Plowman formally asked Council to consider several options to assist ratepayers.

These were a rates freeze prior to the the next budget, the capping of rates at CPI and a review of the rating categories.

Mr Moscato said he was generally “really pleased” with the meeting but wanted Council to be accountable for their increases.

He said many members were concerned the differential rates system had become some sort of a “wealth tax.”

“The association accepts the fact that a richer person can pay a little bit more but not so much.”

Mayor Mike Brunker said when the councils amalgamated, they were given four years for all regions to come under one rates system.

He said council had managed to do so within three years but this meant there were changes to rates in some areas to bring them all under the one system.

“I explained our history [to Mr Moscato and Mr Plowman] of where we have come from since amalgamation,” he said.

“I'm being transparent and letting people know.”


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