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'Many unknowns' in $1b flood levy plan

Monday May 20, 2013 - 11:37 EST

Gladstone's Mayor has questioned the need for a levy to fund repairs for flood damaged infrastructure across Queensland.

The State Government is considering raising $1 billion for flood repairs and infrastructure betterment via a levy on water, electricity or rates bills.

It would bolster the existing $80 million infrastructure betterment fund established earlier this year.

However, Mayor Gail Sellers says $1 billion may be over the top.

"We can't do all of that work in one year - so why do we need the extra funding?" she said.

"Also, I'd like to investigate the money that the federal Treasurer said Queensland has that is unspent.

"He mentioned a figure of $3 billion, now if that's the case, let's spend that too, once we get into the system of a levy, will it ever be removed?"

Councillor Sellers says the levy should not be added to council rates and says there has been no consultation.

"I'm concerned mainly because it's a new levy, it's been suddenly put forward," she said.

"I don't know how it's going to be collected, I don't know who is going to collect it or where the funds are going.

"I don't know whether the funds from my region are going to spent in my region or spent in the whole of Queensland - there are so many unknowns.

"When it's all fleshed out I'll have another look at it."


© ABC 2013

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