Phillip Bin­g­ley

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS -

AF­TER work­ing in lo­cal Gov­ern­ment for the past 38 years and now re­tired, I have de­cided to stand for Coun­cil­lor and Mayor be­cause I want to tackle two main is­sues: rates and roads. I have be­come frus­trated with coun­cils an­nu­ally jack­ing up their rates above CPI and in­creas­ing the fi­nan­cial strain on ratepay­ers, par­tic­u­larly fam­i­lies and peo­ple on fixed in­comes like pen­sion­ers.

The CPI for Ho­bart for 2017 was 2.1% and yet our coun­cil in­creased this years rates by 5.8%. Enough is enough, if elected I can as­sure all ratepay­ers that I will never sup­port a rate in­crease in ex­cess of CPI.

I will move at the first Coun­cil meet­ing that Coun­cil adopts a pol­icy that all fu­ture rate in­creases can only be a max­i­mum of CPI.

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