Council to discuss motion to cut budgets
THE voice of the people will again be put to the test when Coffs Harbour City Council meets tomorrow to vote on adopting the management plan for 2013/14.
At it's April 11 meeting, Crs Arkan, Townley, Sultana and Degens voted to support a motion put by Cr Nan Cowling to slash $426,307 from the draft budgets of Coffs Coast Marketing and the departments of Sports and Economic Development.
The motion came as a suprise and without prior consultation with Council staff.
Now the community has had it's say on the issue, and overwhelmingly residents have indicated they don't want the budgets slashed.
A total of 87 respondents to the draft management plan objected to the reduction in service level for the three departments.
By contrast 14 respondents supported the budget cuts.
The community consultation to the plan also revealed individual requests for a shared pathway on Fiddaman Rd Emerald Beach; road rehabilitation at Nelson St Woolgoolga; a footpath on Coramba Rd; more rubbish bins at the Jetty Foreshores; additional financial support for the Ulong and Coramba Halls, the Multicultural Harmony Festival and the Regional Community Garden
Objections were also lodged against rate rises over the pegged limit and increased fees and charges for waste services and sewearge management.