Merit of small rates rise de­bated

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

FOL­LOW­ING a “hor­ren­dous” bud­get last year, Su­bi­aco Coun­cil­lor Mur­ray Rowe says he ex­pects the new rates rise of 2.95 per cent will go down eas­ier.

At a spe­cial bud­get meet­ing this month, the Coun­cil ap­proved an amend­ment from Mayor Heather Hen­der­son to re­duce the rates in­crease by cut­ting $224,000 from Visit Su­bi­aco’s op­er­a­tional ex­pen­di­ture, $88,000 for new play­ground equip­ment at Su­bi­aco Com­mon and $40,000 in lake re­pairs.

“Res­i­dents com­plained about the rates rise last year,” Cr Rowe said.

“This ini­tia­tive (to re­duce rate in­come by $352,000) is some­thing I think residential and busi­ness will sup­port.”

Cr Paul Cle­ments said he did not sup­port “cut­ting rates to rib­bons”.

“We have plenty of good projects that we want to do, and they are not go­ing to hap­pen by cut­ting the rates in what is a very wealthy coun­cil,” Cr Cle­ments said.

Cr Mark Burns said re­duc­ing the rates was not a fis­cal de­ci­sion but a philo­soph­i­cal de­bate.

“My side is to be putting rates down, down, down,” Cr Burns said.

Cr Stephanie Stroud said such a philo­soph­i­cal de­bate could “lead Su­bi­aco to fi­nan­cial ruin”.

“It’s a grand­stander to at­tract ratepay­ers, but does it make good sense?” Cr Stroud asked.

Peter New­man speaks at the brief­ing.

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