News

Lockyer Valley Mayor warns councillors over rate rises

Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones attacked unnamed councillors for telling "porkies" about the budget process which led to large rate rises for some businesses.
Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones attacked unnamed councillors for telling "porkies" about the budget process which led to large rate rises for some businesses. Amy Lyne

MAYOR Steve Jones has warned his councillors not to tell lies about what he called the "rates debacle" in an extraordinary attack during last week's Lockyer Valley Regional Council meeting.

Cr Jones said he had heard concerning stories about what some councillors had told ratepayers about the budget process, though he didn't name any councillors.

"One councillor told them they had only got the papers 30 minutes before the decision which was not true," he said.

"The Local Government Act states the budget must be delivered in writing 14 days before the decision."

Cr Jones said all of the rises were discussed in workshops.

"Some councillors are saying they weren't informed but we've got the attendance sheets and obviously they were informed," he said.

"There's no prize for telling porkies to make themselves look good and I can assure you it has not gone unnoticed."

Cr Jones described the rate rises affair, which has left businesses dealing with 150% to 600% rate rises, as a "storm in a teacup".

"Every year some people are unhappy about their rates notices and they go through the normal objection process," Cr Jones said.

"Normally there's a 100 of those a year, this year there is only 20 yet there's been a huge uproar and a lot of sensationalism, and the stories told have been outlandish."

Council has extended the rate payment discount period until October 12 for people disputing their rates.

Meanwhile, the State Government seems unwilling to get involved in the matter.

One of the businesses fighting the rate rises contacted Local Government minister David Crisafulli who said the State Government had limited powers to intervene.

"The rating powers under the act (provide) the flexibility for each local government to allocate rating in a way it considers appropriate for each community," Mr Crisafulli said in a letter to the business owner.

The business owner said Mr Crisafulli was simply "passing the buck".
 

Topics:  lockyer valley lockyer valley regional council steve jones


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

McDonald wins tough decision for LNP pre-selection

IN: Jim McDonald won the pre-selection to run for the LNP in the seat of Lockyer at the next state election. Pictured is Jim McDonald and current Lockyer MP Ian Rickuss who will retire at the next state election.

Jim McDonald won the LNP pre-selection for the seat of Lockyer

Lockyer Valley Speedway roars into gear

WINNER: Hatton Vale's Steve Isdale took out the legends race at the Lockyer Valley Speedway on Saturday, February 11.

First Lockyer Valley Speedway was off and racing.

Parts of Lockyer Valley can now connect to NBN

GET CONNECTED: Is your home or business ready to connect to NBN?

NBN rollout reaches Gatton area.

Local Partners

Experience dinosaur fossils at gem show

TWO dinosaur fossil displays will feature in the upcoming Gatton Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show, so be prepared to be taken back in time.

Sir Elton John coming to Mackay: What you need to know

Sir Elton will come to Mackay and Cairns in September.

Tickets to the concert go on sale on March 14

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Global superstar to rock Mackay in 2017

A major concert is set to rock Mackay this year.

Mackay, Cairns to host world's biggest superstars Sir Elton John

How Stay at Home Mum blogger Jody Allen struck it big

Jody Allen and Walt Collins will co-host the Seven Network's Stay at Home Mum television series from April.

Jody Allen's star continues to rise at incredible speed

Furious Price wants to quit I'm a Celeb after clash with Keira

AN IRATE Steve Price has threatened to quit I'm A Celebrity after a series of drama-filled clashes with Keira Maguire.

Novel with lots of heart

The romance in A Quiet Kind of Thunder was only one of the joys of the book.

Book proves to be a gem with layers

Bliss N Eso announce tribute show for stuntman

Bliss N Eso will play a tribute show at Coolangatta in honour of Johann Ofner. The stuntman died during the filming of the group's Friend Like You film clip earlier this year.

BLISS N Eso to play tribute show to raise funds for killed stuntman

MOVIE REVIEW: Trainspotting sequel as good as original

Ewen Bremner in a scene from the movie T2: Trainspotting.

Director Danny Boyle proves sequels can be done well.

How Karl Stefanovic's wife, kids found out about girlfriend

Karl Stefanovic and Jasmine Yarbrough after their day on Sydney Harbour. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Pictures splashed across tabloid were shock to family

WATCH: Toowoomba opera hopeful's incredible voice

Kaitlyn Orange attends Opera Queensland auditions at Empire Theatres for Opera at Jimbour, Saturday, February 18, 2017.

Opera hopefuls vie for parts in performance at Jimbour House

MKR turns spiteful in suddendeath elimination

Alyse and Matt battled Josh and Amy in a spiteful elimination cook-off.

Bottom of the ladder faces off in spiteful sudden-death cook-off.

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Expert: Why renters, home buyers may struggle

Matusik Property Insights director Michael Matusik.

What's next for the city's housing market

Massive seaside development of 3200 lots

DESIRABLE LIFESTYLE: The masterplan for the proposed Elliott Heads Estate.

"There's nothing else left along the coastline of Queensland now"

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!