Letter to the Editor - December 6: Rates up, services not

MY WIFE and I own a rural property in Bonville. We are both retirees and moved to Coffs in 2005. Since then our rates have increased by 100%, while our land value has increased by about 35%.

As rural residents, what do we get from the council? The various bin pick-ups but nothing else.

The roads are poorly maintained, in order to have water we need various pumps, using electricity, a need to have our septic inspected and report to the council (at a cost of $75 per quarter), while the urban dwellers of the area are supplied (at a cost) for their water and sewage. Plus these pumps, on occasion, do have to be renewed.

The council's proposed rates increase will be felt much more severely by rural ratepayers.

Dr Frank Hold



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