Near enough good enough on rates

Guardian Express - - CITY OF STIRLING -

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. ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

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