Geoff Murphy checks over copies of the letters his group, One Capricorn Region, is sending to all Livingstone residents.
Geoff Murphy checks over copies of the letters his group, One Capricorn Region, is sending to all Livingstone residents. Madeline McDonald ROK250213murph

Estimated rates bill mailed to all shire residents

THE cost of living is a stressful topic for everyone and the stress levels could be rising if people vote for de-amalgamation, according to Geoff Murphy.

All Livingstone shire residents will receive a letter in coming days showing an example of what their future rates bill could look like if they vote for de-amalgamation.

Mr Murphy, spokesman for One Capricorn Region, said it was important voters were fully informed.

"We have sent the example letter out in the same format as your average rates notice," he said.

"It clearly gives people a view of the difference in the rates if they vote for de-amalgamation.

"It's going to be scary for home-owners when they are expected to pay $429 more in rates in the first year."

Mr Murphy said 1241 letters had been sent out to Livingstone residents.

"Professor John Rolfe, from CQUniversity, has checked and verified these figures confirming this information in the letter is correct," Mr Murphy said.

He said higher rates would result in higher rents and higher costs for local businesses.

"The only way for a new council to pay that price is by either raising rates or cutting services."

CCIM spokesman Bill Ludwig yesterday said the move was part of a scare campaign by One Capricorn Region.

The Rockhampton Regional councillor said the government had repeatedly confirmed a new Livingstone council would be able to manage its finances.



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