Why the council intends to keep the road levy

WHILE the State Government has given the South Burnett Regional Council an extra $2.57 million to spend on roads by the end of November, the Road Levy will stay for the time being.

Mayor Keith Campbell said a condition with the government's extra money was it could not be spent on projects already budgeted.

"The reality is the amount of money spent on roads is never enough," Cr Campbell said.

The Road Levy was introduced after the Federal Government issued a three-year freeze of the Federal Assistance Grants.

These grants provide a significant proportion of the council's budget and were initially frozen until the end of the 2016/17 financial year. Cr Campbell said the Road Levy would stay until the Federal Government ended the freeze.

"With the reduction in money coming from the Federal Assistance Grants, the Road Levy is likely to be a feature of our budgets way into the future," Cr Campbell said.

"The only alternative is the general rate would be increased to make up the cash required to be spent on roads across the whole of the region.

"While we have the distance of dirt roads within our region there is always going to be a continuing demand for road repairs."

The Federal Government is yet to indicate if they will unfreeze the grants.

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