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Don’t hold your breath for carbon tax savings

RATEPAYERS aren't likely to see money returned any time soon despite the repeal of the carbon tax, and any money returned is likely to be minimal.

In July, Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the council was likely to experience savings in lower fuel and electricity costs after the Federal Government repealed the controversial tax.

Because the council absorbed the costs and didn't levy for the carbon tax, any money returned to ratepayers is likely to be small.

Councillor Robert Garland said the council did not budget for the tax and the savings wouldn't be confirmed for a little while yet.

"We will probably not know the final impact until the end of the financial year," he said.

"Any savings through reduced costs will be reflected when council formulates future budgets."

Ergon Energy supplies the council with its electricity, and a spokesman previously told the Chronicle the council could easily work out its savings.

However, Fraser Coast residents will have the option of choosing between cheaper public transport fares or more services when the State Government re-invests savings from the scrapped tax.

Meanwhile, Maryborough MP Anne Maddern has urged locals to have their say on how savings from the carbon tax are spent.

"Over the next two weeks I want to hear from Fraser Coasters on how best to spend the carbon tax savings, which are about $30 million a year," she said.

An online survey closes at midnight Sunday, September 14, via the TransLink website http://translink.com.au or phone on 131 230.

Topics:  carbon tax, fraser coast regional council, ratepayers, savings




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