We'll soon know if rate rise, red budget sink Gympie council
DO you believe in symbolism?
If not, there's a few things to digest in what is ultimately this council's final budget before its next election.
Start with the havoc apparently wrought by state land valuations.
The new numbers, which have driven an on-average 6.5 per cent rate rise, may have been outside the council's hands.
What wasn't was the large hike given to many rural ratepayers last year.
I don't know how much crossover there is in these two groups, but I suspect we'll find out in due course.
Of course a 2 per cent rate rise for half the region, while inconvenient, could've been a lot worse.
But reading between the lines of the budget report it would seem the council is still facing a financial kidney replacement, and instead opted for the "more morphine now” solution hoping the success of the aquatic centre, river walk and upcoming youth precinct are enough to keep the boat afloat.
In the next nine months we'll find out whether this council will be celebrating surviving a maelstrom a la Twister's Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton, or floating without hope like Mark Wahlberg in the wake of a Perfect Storm.