'If you could see value for money, I wouldn't mind'
GLADSTONE ratepayer for 20 years Carol Schmidt said it was not so much that general rates had gone up, but "it's the water access that's skyrocketed".
She said people always had a whinge about rates.
"If you can see value for money I wouldn't mind so much, but services get cut and rates still go up," she said.
"The water charges are getting savage."
Mrs Schmidt said the Category 1 rates for her South Gladstone property rose to $3274, a small rise on the $3004 last year, despite the value of her property dropping by many thousands of dollars.
She queried exactly where the council was spending its money, including the amount of work being subcontracted out and whether this was cost-effective.
Although the rates had risen, Mrs Schmidt said council services were decreasing and this was "of real concern".
"It's the water access charges that need to be looked at. We need to get a better deal from the Gladstone Area Water Board."