Scenic Rim cleared of rates charging debacle

SCENIC Rim mayor Greg Christensen is reassuring ratepayers have nothing to worry about in relation to the issuing of rates and charges.

The news comes after it was revealed Fraser Coast Regional Council had issued three years of invalid rates because it had failed to pass appropriate resolutions during annual budget meetings since 2014-2015.

Cr Christensen said ratepayers should not be alarmed.

“The residents and ratepayers of Scenic Rim can have every confidence that our fiscal management and corporate governance reflect both legislative requirements and best practice,” he said.

Cr Christensen said council adopted its rates and charges by formal resolution at its annual Special Budget meeting.

“We are confident that Scenic Rim Regional Council's processes are compliant with all requisite legislation,” he said.

“Council's rates and charges for 2017-18 are documented in the recommendations of Agenda Item 1.5 of the Special Budget Meeting, held on 15 June 2017, which Council adopted by resolution.”

We are confident that Scenic Rim Regional Council's processes are compliant with all requisite legislation.

Scenic Rim mayor Greg Christensen

The public document can be found be found on the Scenic Rim Regional Council website.

Local Government Association of Queensland chief executive Greg Hallam said he was confident a Supreme Court decision relating to rates and charges levied by the Fraser Coast Regional Council had no implications for other Queensland councils.

“We are conducting an audit of all councils to reinforce that view,” Mr Hallam said.

“We are keeping all major parties briefed should a resolution of the issue regarding Fraser Coast Regional Council need a legislative response.”

Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay, Townsville and Cairns councils all pass separate resolutions during annual budget meetings.

Other local governments in Queensland were checking whether they had complied with the ruling following the Fraser Coast Regional Council case.