Weekend Courier - - Opinion -

HERE we go again.

Rock­ing­ham Coun­cil had an­other meet­ing on the rates.

Yet again the same old story. They pro­pose a mas­sive in­crease. All have a de­bate over the in­crease and walk out vot­ing four to one in favour of a 3 per cent in­crease and ex­pect us all to be happy be­cause it wasn’t as high as ex­pected.

Year af­ter year the rates go up. Do you re­mem­ber the 7 per cent or the 4 per cent or the stale­mate one where our knight in shin­ing ar­mour Sam­mels made the fi­nal de­ci­sion?

When will the rate in­creases all come to an end?

Wages and pen­sions don't in­crease this much ev­ery year, so how do you con­tinue to pay?

Most of our rates go on in­fra­struc­ture; that's new in­fra­struc­ture in new com­mu­ni­ties and guess what, they pay rates as well. It's a mo­nop­oly.

How about gen­er­at­ing more em­ploy­ment with the money through tourism, not just build­ing new com­mu­ni­ties?

Watch this space. Kar­nup will be next. We have to build up more rates to pay for the ex­pected pop­u­la­tion growth over the next 20 years.

Have you heard that be­fore? It's a mo­nop­oly. Vote them out. GRA­HAM WHITE Shoal­wa­ter

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