Rates

Vote of ‘NO CONFIDENCE’

PRESS RELEASE

Vote of ‘NO CONFIDENCE’ in Fraser Coast Regional Council.

Another classic example of local government gone “mad” with no accountability to who really matters – the rate payers who put them there!

How is it in the interest of the rate payer to use their money to fund an appeal to the Supreme Court’s decision when this money has been ordered to be refunded?

AND why has this gone unchecked for so long? This makes me furious! And is exactly why I am running for a State seat in the current Qld election, we have to stop the rort and the sheer incompetence!

How an Administrator hasn’t been called in already is beyond comprehension as this would never happen in the private sector.

Holding Government (at any level) to account is a corner stone of my platform and an issue I am very passionate about. The CEO states the money has been spent and believes the rates were lawfully set but also states they failed to comply with the LGA. Unlike the CEO, the rate payer cannot just say they spent the money and not pay their rates. Court Orders must be upheld.

The fact that many of Councils in Qld are in the same boat demands that appropriate action be taken. Makes one wonder who was providing advice to them.

It’s appalling that this could happen to honest hard-working Australians, the FCRC is clearly living in a delusional “bubble” if they think for one minute their constituents would welcome their CEO’s decision.

What does this mean to the rate payer? Will interest be paid? What happens to homes sold for arrears in rates? $12,822,648 million in overdue rates, will this be waivered? What happens to deceased estates? Will there be class action?

FCRC needs to explain this and many other serious outstanding matters including the $170 million. Why wasn’t this money on the books? Where was this black money being spent? Why hasn’t the outgoing CEO who received big dollars to have the “wheels fall off the bus”; answered to this? Who else on Council knew about this?

It’s a conspiracy in the true definition of the word. How is this a democracy? This is a total money grab and to waste even more money attempting to change the Supreme Court decision is disgraceful.

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Conversation on rates review

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I would like do the following with rates with the support of newly elect Councillors:
* Put the yearly discount across the 4 quarterly notices – we are paying rates in advance so there is no reason why this cannot be done. Will make it easier on the family budget.
* Remove the $75 Infrastructure Fee – after all this is what your rates are for.
* Reintroduce $25 Environmental Levy Fee to protect wildlife corridors and special pockets of land.
* Review 11% compounding interest – the Act says “up to” so this surely could be reduced.
* Ask State Government to Review Emergency Management Levy Fee.
* Rates must come back to Land Valuation and reduce the cents in the dollar.
* Review 32 categories – there is much confusion and seriously how many rateable categories do we need?

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The truth about rates

THE TRUTH ABOUT RATES

Are you concerned over increasing rates and the need to alleviate cost of living pressures?

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FCRC is accountable for establishing priorities for service provision and expenditure for all our areas, in consultation with all our local communities. When budgeting for projects and services, FCRC needs to be innovative and look for the best value and deliver that value for all of us that live on the Fraser Coast.

We need the State Government to look into a ‘rates cap’. This system caps rates increases to a figure based on the Consumer Price Index.

**  80% of properties are on the same base rate i.e. $9,000 block that floods, has no building and a $250,000 house with full services both pay minimum $1,240
**  38.18% of rates go towards wages and salaries
**  Yearly discount should be applied to all quarterly notices
**  11% compounding interest needs reviewing
**  $75 Infrastructure fee needs reviewing i.e. Reintroduce $25 Environmental levy fee – $25 Emergency / Critical Infrastructure Fee – $25 straight off rates.
**  32 categories need reviewing – seriously do we need this many?

I would like to see each town and regional locality have its own kitty to ensure money is being spent fair and equitably for all rate payers across the ENTIRE Fraser Coast.

We must implement a FULL Financial Analysis / Reports of all RATES and Departments in particular Fraser Coast Opportunities and Council Operations to make savings and reductions; if possible to reduce rates substantially. Water bills will need to be reviewed.

Hope to see you at the Community Rates Forum before the Election – stay tuned, details to follow.

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