Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

THE rates ar­ti­cle (“Where our coun­cils rate”, South­ern Gazette, July 18) states res­i­dents faced an 8 per cent hike in 2015-16 and now face a fur­ther 3 per cent.

In the re­port, Town of Vic­to­ria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan said “the coun­cil had con­sid­ered many fac­tors in­clud­ing the eco­nomic cli­mate and com­mu­nity fac­tors in­clud­ing prop­erty prices".

I read with in­ter­est about the hike in other util­i­ties and couldn't help but chor­tle over the sprin­klers on Lath­lain Park ovals over sum­mer go­ing non-stop dur­ing the day.

We mere mor­tal ratepay­ers and ten­ants are re­stricted by the Wa­ter Com­mis­sion on the use of our wa­ter, as well as our bores.

Ap­par­ently that's not ap­plied to the West Coast Ea­gles. Pretty silly, given the evap­o­ra­tion rate.

If the coun­cil has so lit­tle money that it re­quires an­other rate rise, I'd be in­ter­ested to know why they were so ea­ger to heav­ily sub­sidise the West Coast Ea­gles while de­stroy­ing a huge chunk of tree canopy that ben­e­fit­ted all of us breath­ing types. Name and ad­dress supplied

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