Maranoa Regional Council. Photo: Lachlan Berlin
Maranoa Regional Council. Photo: Lachlan Berlin

Maranoa councillors discuss outstanding rates and charges

In the most recent council meeting, councillors received the financial report from January and voted to have future monthly reports include the value of outstanding rates and charges, after it was noted the outstanding amount was higher than previous months.

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In the February 24 council meeting in Roma, Cr Cameron O’Neil moved the monthly financial report for the period ending January 31 this year be received and noted.

Councillor Mark Edwards seconded the motion.

Director Sharon Frank told councillors that the amount of outstanding rates and charges was a “little higher” than usual, therefore prompted by Crs O’Neil and Wendy Taylor, CEO Julie Reitano added another point to the agenda – future monthly reports include the value of outstanding rates and charges.

According to the council agenda dated February 24, for seven months ending January 31 this financial year, total operating revenue for council was $43.1 million, representing 49.6 per cent of budget.

It also noted within total operating expenses employee costs were 53.2 per cent of budget with materials and services 59.7 per cent.

For the seven months ending January 31, interest paid on QTC loads was $347,075.

In the meeting, Deputy Mayor Geoff McMullen chaired the motion, as mayor Tyson Golder told councillors he had to address other matters outside, and asked Ms Frank to include figures in the report for ratepayers who paid their rates weekly.

Councillor O’Neil thanked Ms Frank for her work in providing the reports and said council received positive feedback last term when they provided information around rates and charges.

“Councillor McMullen will recall the positive feedback council received in the previous term with providing the broader community with the full picture,” Cr O’Neil said.

“We have so many good ratepayers out there who pay their rates on time and they get incredibly frustrated when they’re carrying other ratepayers in arrears.

“I think it’s upon us to understand that broader picture and to illustrate the figure but also showing that we’re putting things in place to make sure everyone is paying their fair share …”

Councillors O’Neil, Edwards, Taylor, John Birkett, Joh Hancock, Julie Guthrie, George Ladbrook and McMullen supported the motion, with Cr Golder absent.

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