The Minister for Local Government has said the figures in the Queensland Treasury Report on de-amalgamation are “gospel”.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said the Minister’s comments during a meeting with councillors puts to bed any arguments about the true costs.
“There is no doubt whatsoever now what the mums and dads of Noosa and district will have to pay hundreds of dollars more every year in rates,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“The Queensland Treasury Corporation says the rates increase will be $260 in the first year, and $142 for the following four years – that’s a minimum.
“That’s a lot of money for people who are already finding it difficult to make ends meet.
“As I’ve said all along, I won’t tell people how to vote, but I do have a responsibility to make sure people know how much it will cost them to de-amalgamate.
“The Minister also said council has a role to put forward a case so the public gets all the facts and figures so they are in a position to make an informed decision.”