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"Milk them till the teat runs dry"

Council have now endorsed their Draft Budget Management and Delivery Plan 2017 – 18 and are calling for submissions to it. Here is one that looks at the proposed increased rates and how it will impinge on those who can east afford it.

The General Manager and all the Elected Councillors

I wish to have Council – Councillors and Staff record for the public benefit, significant local issues as far as I can ascertain have not been provided for in the “Draft” 2017 –18 Budget, Management and Delivery Plan. That is very unfortunate considering council and the elected councillors are supposed to be providing for all in the Shire’s community’s residents.

The significant matters that seem to have alluded Councillors in the budget workshops and adoption of the draft budget and delivery plan are affordable housing and the homeless along with the fixed income residents of the shire. Those matters need to be recognised as significant is relation to having a financially healthy local economy.

Some of the proposed increases that are above the recognised CPI increases will make things even more difficult for many residents in the shire, water pricing is just becoming ridiculous. Although it's apparent much effort has been put into the budget process so more money can be collected from the shire residents and ratepayers not enough thought has been put into the need to increase population numbers and employment generating opportunities so the load of increased costs can be better distributed among more people.

The Draft Budget and delivery plan as presented is lacking in empathy and as far as the owners of council are concerned in my opinion. Of course the owners are the residents, ratepayers and taxpayers who fund the whole show. Allan Brown Catalina


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