In a special meeting of the Cairns Regional Council this morning, Mayor Bob "Screwdriver" Manning has embraced a budget that instead of his promises of fiscal responsibility, massively increases council debt.
Mayor Schier's last budget was roundly attacked by Cueball MacKenzie, Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King, and their cadre of hillbillies when it was announced to have a shortfall and borrowings of just over $4M. Manning has given the community a devilish budget shortfall of $6.66 Million!
And, by reading the fine print, this stated shortfall is a lie. In the "fine print", it's noted that this budget does not account for the normal funding of the Capital Sustainability Reserve. Another $9.66 Million in debt that tricky accounting has tried to hide from the public.
TOTAL REAL SHORTFALL: OVER $16 Million! A massive blowout in debt for the Cairns ratepayers, with less services promised. Four times the last Schier budget deficit. Is this what the Cairns hillbillies were promised, or expecting???
WHERE IS THE SKILLED FINANCIAL MANAGER THAT MANNING CLAIMED HE WAS? THIS IS A BUDGET CRAFTED BY MORONS! WITH THE COMMUNITY BEING SADDLED WITH MASSIVE DEBT NOT FOR AN INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT LIKE THE ENTERTAINMENT PRECINCT, BUT A DEBT FROM NORMAL OPERATIONS.
Complaints were made by some of the public during the election that capital repair and maintenance was being neglected by the previous council. Manning and the Unity Team promised to increase the drainage and maintenance budget but instead Manning has cut this capital works budget from last year's $151.7 Million to this council's $93.75 Million!
And not one shilling has been budgeted for CBD revitalisation or replacement of the Civic Theatre.
More soon. . . .