Region gathers voicing concerns about their Districts financial future and a proposed $20 million community loan at the Coorong District Council Annual Budget Meeting, Tuesday June 5, 2018.
As prepared deputations and questions from the floor were directed through the Chair, Mayor, Mallee Ward Representative, Neville Jaensch of Tailem Bend, guests in the gallery found themselves being entertained by colourful chest beating and grandstanding by some at the meeting, resulting in some leaving the meeting, not much the wiser.
After some time, it seemed that the elephant in the room was the financial burden of managing and maintaining our districts roads with less support from State and Federal Government. (More details in Tailem Topics soon)
With rumours rife before the meeting, Tailem Topics asked the Coorong District Council (CDC) the following;
Is it a fact or fiction that the district needs to borrow $20 million to stay afloat into the future?
If this is a fact, how will the CDC fund this loan and the substantial yearly interest? and
If the CDC did not borrow the $20 million, what would need to change and what services would need to be cut from the CDC budget?
As of the date of publication, Tailem Topics has not received a formal response to any of these questions, however, we found that questions one and two were addressed at the meeting resulting in our understanding that;
The CDC needs to borrow $20 million to stay afloat into the future.
The CDC will fund this loan and the substantial yearly interest from general revenue.
The last question remains outstanding and would be the most difficult to discuss openly, as many in the community may not want to hear what needs to change and what services would need to be cut from the CDC budget.
Should the community borrow, make changes or go without? What changes need to be made to keep our district’s roads safe?
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