Allan Fuary and Stephen Keviell at the Brolga Theatre for the Rates Summit.
Allan Fuary and Stephen Keviell at the Brolga Theatre for the Rates Summit. Robyne Cuerel

Councillor to vote against budget if some fees aren't cut

DIVISION 1 councillor James Hansen has promised 180-odd people at the Fraser Coast rates summit he  will vote against this year's budget if some fees  aren't removed.

"People who invest in this region, they should be given discounts, not taxed," Cr Hansen told the audience.

"I want to say that if (Category Three charges) and some other things aren't taken out, there will be a number of us voting against this year's budget."

Speaking to the Chronicle following Wednesday night's Brolga event, Fraser Coast Ratepayer Association president Allan Fuary said plans were under way to escalate the fight for "fairer" rates.

"We've already seen our state member and we want her and ourselves to go down and meet with the minister for local government to put two motions to him and try to get something done," Mr Fuary said.

Mr Fuary said the people at the event voted in favour of an audit be undertaken of the Fraser Coast Regional Council.

They also voted to abolish the minimum general rate and for it to be replaced with a cents in the dollar rating based on site values.

Fraser Coast Deputy Mayor George Seymour also attended the summit and said he understood people had concerns with the rates system.



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