The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) is demanding answers as to why a deadline of March has not been met to address council concerns about amalgamations.
"In April 2008, shortly after the amalgamations, Premier Anna Bligh invited the councils to make submissions for additional financial assistance,” Bell said.
“The deadline was March this year. It is now six months after that deadline and many councils are asking when the government is going to provide answers.
"There has been enough time to assess the applications. Councils and their communities deserve answers," he said.
“New information technology and communication systems required and salary and wages equalisation are just some of the factors created solely by the amalgamations,” Bell said.
“They are unavoidable and place permanent ongoing constraints on council budgets. The savings from the amalgamations are minimal and will be a decade or more before they are fully realised.
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