Modest rate rise set to be unveiled in budget
IPSWICH residents are set for a rate rise that will be less than the average 2.5% rate rise of Brisbane City Council for the 2015-16 financial year.
Mayor Paul Pisasale, who will hand down council's budget today, said that budget would be based on taking the city into the future, providing jobs and ensuring infrastructure kept pace with growth, while also taking into account the growing cost of living pressures on families.
"This is the most crucial budget for the city," he said.
"You will see significant dollars that have been generated from our other enterprises go into kerb and channel, major road infrastructure and all the basics.
"Council only takes in 3% of all fees and charges so the rate increases you will see today will be very good value for money.
"Brisbane is a much bigger council than Ipswich but our (rate increases) will come in under Brisbane's
"We understand the pressure on families because of the cost of living, and councils are under the same pressures."
Cr Pisasale said council would also be looking to relax fees and charges on footpath dining.
"We are doing everything we can to stimulate businesses."