Campbell Newman
Campbell Newman David Stuart

Ratepayers 'facing $400 a year hike to help developers'

RATEPAYERS will be charged up to $409 extra a year to cover planned state government concessions for developers, according to Queensland's peak local government body.

Premier Campbell Newman last year flagged significant concessions to infrastructure levies in order to boost construction levels across the state.

Ratepayers across the state, the Local Government Association of Queensland has warned, would then be left to cover a significant revenue shortfall in council budgets.

On Tuesday, Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk joined 96 per cent of Queensland local governments in opposing the changes.

However, under questioning from Opposition Leader Milton Dick at Tuesday's Brisbane City Council meeting, he stopped short of criticising his mayoral predecessor, Mr Newman, over the plan.

More on this story at Brisbanetimes.com.au



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