Chris Lester

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS -

I’M run­ning be­cause we need a coun­cil who puts the com­mu­nity first. The cash grab in this year’s bud­get and lack of trans­parency around coun­cil de­ci­sions show a coun­cil com­pletely out of touch.

A 6 per cent rate in­crease, $85 tip levy and all charges across the board have in­creased: dog reg­is­tra­tions, tip en­try, swim­ming pool and sports grounds hire, in some cases by as much as 50 per cent.

While we are be­ing slugged, coun­cil is em­ploy­ing more high paid staff and has out­stand­ing rates to­talling over $580,000.

I say enough. A vote for me will en­sure Coun­cil gets back to the ba­sics, rates, roads and rub­bish, I will work to have rates capped at CPI and re­view all fees and charges. Coun­cil needs to be­come open and trans­par­ent.

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