29 June, 2021
Council rate increase
MACKAY homeowners owners will soon experience a rate increase of 1.5 percent.
This week’s (as reported in the June 25 edition) Mackay Regional
Council budget meeting revealed
the Consumer Price Index (CPI)
was 1.7 percent in March.
The CPI is a measure that
examines the weighted average
of prices of a basket of consumer
goods and services, such as transportation, food, and medical care.
Mayor Greg Williamson said options considered
were to either cut services or “we
can acknowledge the fact that the
cost of those services (have) gone
up by 1.7 percent in Queensland.
“We can drive some efficiencies and what we’ve done now is put our rates up by 1.5 percent to recover the costs,” Mayor Williamson said. "That’s about 43 odd cents a week for the average residential ratepayer in the district.
“The residential rate is $2900.
We believe at $57 a week, that’s a
pretty good rate to be able to pay
for the services we deliver.”
He explained that their services
go up “like any normal household
budget”, adding that 80 percent
of the council budget was taken
up by normal services like roads
“We need to recover that for
the operation of the council. We
don’t make a profit out of operating the council,” he said.
“All we can do is add up what
it costs to deliver water, sewerage,
roads, drains, parks and cemeteries, all of those ... we provide as
“We add that up and we divide
that cost as, what we call a general
rate, into the 52,000 rateable properties that we have in our region.”
At the meeting, Council revealed the good news they have
a healthy cash balance of $122
million and were able to reduce
“Our capital works program is about $109 million for this year, and we’re going to build some significant structures in the Mackay Region in terms of capital works,” the Mayor said.
He said that $24 million of
“new capital, in terms of the new
assets and the rest of it is on re
newing our new assets or making
our current assets a little bit better”.
“Major programs that we’re
going to deliver right (include) increasing our funding to things like
the mountain bike track, Northern
Beaches Community Hub, putting
money into the Priority Development Access (PDA),” he said.
“We’re actually going to start
work on the riverfront of the PDA
of this financial budget.
“It’s quite exciting.”
The Animal Management
Pound at Mount Basset will also
“About $2.5 million will see the completion of that, which will deliver us one of the best animal management facilities on the eastern seaboard,” the Mayor said.