Letter to the Editor - Wednesday, December 3: Cut costs first

CAN you imagine where our rate levels would be today if state governments didn't have the foresight, some 30 years ago, to put rate-pegging in place?

It seems convenient that our council has failed to remind ratepayers in its Funding our Future brochure that new land valuations are due in January, 2015. Land valuations have risen substantially over the past three years, which means an additional increase in our rates.

Council needs to look to further cost-cutting rather than rate increases to maintain public assets, infrastructure etc.

ERN MERCER



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