Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western opinion -

IN the tor­tu­ous five years of ar­gu­ment over coun­cil merg­ers it was of­ten sug­gested rates would stay the same and could even­tu­ally fall as sav­ings and ef­fi­cien­cies were found by the new su­per-coun­cils. “I don’t think there’s any rea­son at all why amal­ga­ma­tions should force rates up and I’d hope over fu­ture years it would mean rates will stay lower than they oth­er­wise would,” the Premier said on ra­dio in Septem­ber, 2014. The only change from that failed process was a con­tentious Act that sliced off the Hol­ly­wood precinct part of the City of Su­bi­aco and gave it to Perth. To cover the cost of los­ing rates from the precinct’s 1448 homes, and af­ter cut­ting 21 jobs and slash­ing $3 mil­lion of op­er­at­ing spend­ing, Su­bi­aco res­i­dents now face a po­ten­tial rates rise of 8.7 per cent. Fair’s fair, it is only a one-off rise. How­ever, it is in ex­cess of all ex­pec­ta­tions and the 2.5 per cent an­tic­i­pated with­out the precinct’s loss. Oh, the irony. Jon Bas­sett - re­porter

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