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.