Palmo Coun­cil flags rate hike

Sunday Territorian - - FRONT PAGE -

PALMER­STON res­i­dents will see a rates hike, but how high they will go is still un­known.

Mayor Athina Pas­coe-Bell yes­ter­day con­firmed to the Sun

day Ter­ri­to­rian that a rates rise would be nec­es­sary.

“Un­for­tu­nately, it’s not what peo­ple want to hear, but that’s the re­al­ity of mak­ing sure that Palmer­ston re­mains fi­nan­cially sus­tain­able and has a pros­per­ous fu­ture. We’re at the bot­tom of a well and we need to work out a way back out of it,” she said.

AL­MOST 80 per cent of Palmer­ston parks re­main closed to the pub­lic fol­low­ing Cy­clone Mar­cus.

In a re­port to be tabled at Tues­day night’s coun­cil meet­ing, it is re­vealed at least 521 trees fell in the Palmer­ston mu­nic­i­pal­ity dur­ing the Cat­e­gory Two cy­clone.

More than 80 trees landed on fences and six dam­aged shade sails.

Three signs were knocked down in the storm and ten sec­tions of kerb and gut­ters were dam­aged.

Af­ter the coun­cil of­fered free mulch to home­own­ers, 890 peo­ple took ad­van­tage of the gar­den­ing help. A sec­ond round will com­mence in May. A fallen tree in Palmer­ston

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