Isaac Mayor Cedric Marshall.
Isaac Mayor Cedric Marshall.

Rates increase for Isaac region

ISAAC residents can expect a 3.5% increase in their rates notices after the council handed down its 2011-12 Budget on Monday.

While rate statements are yet to be finalised and sent to landholders, the increase comes after land valuations dropped by an estimated 25-30%.

Isaac Mayor Cedric Marshall said the $138.1 million budget was balanced and demonstrated “responsible fiscal management”, and would keep the region working toward its vision of becoming a first choice for families.

“The increases in general rates was deemed necessary by (the) council to meet the current and future needs of the community, including investing in the delivery of quality core services, responsible asset management and funding upgrades,” he said.

In addition to the 3.5% general rates increase, water and sewerage, and waste management rates were to increase by 6%.

More than $28 million will be allocated to roads and drainage systems throughout the Isaac region and $5.5 million will go toward upgrading existing community facilities within the region.

An $8 million boost will go toward water and sewerage facilities.

A further $4.5 million funding allocation was committed to the Isaac Affordable Housing trust and a further $1 million towards the development of the Belyando Estate in Moranbah.

“As our population grows and our region evolves, it is essential we can still provide quality services to the Isaac community,” Cr Marshall said.

“The resource allocation in this budget has been carefully prepared to provide the best possible framework for moving forward.”

Budget highlights

$40,000 – Council meeting room chairs

$15,000 Glenden pound improvements

$117,000 – Clermont museum upgrades

$585,000 – Dysart civic centre upgrades

$42,000 – Crow and vandal- proof Middlemount’s bins

$122,000 Moranbah community centre upgrades

$20,000 – Employee housing maintenance

$35,000 – Moranbah BMX club upgrade

$55,000 – Footpaths

$760,000 – Purchase and install four kit homes, Moranbah

$600,000 – Native Title acquisitions

$1 million – Redevelop old Moranbah pony club land

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