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Are our rates as bad as Bundy says? Mayor says no!

THE Fraser Coast has been named as the most expensive council area in a list created by the Bundaberg Regional Council.

The table of selected regions was created by the council's revenue department and cited our region as paying above the average for sewerage, water access and waste collection.

However, Fraser Coast Regional Council Mayor Gerard O'Connell came out swinging on the issue.

"That's misleading," he said.

"It's not a good comparison - this is the second year running they've put this comparison out."

Cr O'Connell said a correct number provided by the Department of Local Government had Fraser Coast residents paying about $500 less than Bundaberg.

"(Bundaberg's) figures also double up on waste collection charges and there is no accounting for the discounts offered by council for early payment," he said.

But Bundaberg Mayor Mal Foreman said the Fraser Coast's discounts were purposely left out.

"It was considered best to compare gross rates before discount, as all councils levy gross rates therefore there was a level playing field in that comparison," he said.

"The numbers attributed to (the) Fraser Coast were extracted from Fraser Coast's 2014-15 Budget document.

"(The) Fraser Coast has clarified a couple of issues which have been amended in the table."

But Cr O'Connell said he asked the Fraser Coast council's CEO Lisa Desmond to meet with the other council CEO's in the Wide Bay Burnett to discuss the table.

Cr Foreman said the information was sourced to show the Bundaberg region residents how much they were paying in rates, compared to other regions across the state.

Topics:  fraser coast regional council, gerard o'connell




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