Near enough good enough on rates
Laura Pond STIRLING councillors who campaigned for no rate rise believe the 1.7 per cent increase imposed is fair.
Council adopted the 2018-19 budget at last week’s meeting, including a 1.4 per cent average rate rise for residents.
Adding the 3 per cent, or $10, standard increase in bin collection costs and a $30 security service charge, equates to an average 1.7 per cent, or $27.80, overall rise in rates.
Crs Suzanne Migdale and Adam Spagnolo admitted they had promised to seek a rates freeze during last year’s local government elections, along with Cr Karlo Perkov, but agreed with the budget presented.
“While I wanted nothing more than to see a zero rate rise, I believe this budget achieves the absolute best outcome for residents,” Cr Migdale said.
Cr Spagnolo said rates needed to rise to cover increases in State Government household charges.
Councillors voted at the April meeting to consider a rates freeze.
Acting mayor David Lagan said the 1.4 per cent rates rise was below the forecast CPI of 1.5 per cent. ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■