History shows running costs are a hidden factor

WHEN city council embarked on two major infrastructure projects such as the Mount Gambier Library and Main Corner, little was said about running costs.

The $11.3m library was originally costed at $3.5m while the Main Corner benefitted from a $5m Federal Government grant but costs rose significantly during construction before levelling out at about $10m.

From that time onwards, running costs and paying off the debt for both projects was something ratepayers soon became very aware of, simply because rates jumped by 6pc or more each year until a couple of years ago.

It made it extremely difficult for people with tight budgets,

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