Letter to the Editor - Wednesday, October 22: Rates outrage

I HAVE just completed the council survey re: the proposed performance centre for Coffs Harbour.

I think it is outrageous for the Mayor to suggest we need another "special rate variation" to fund any shortfall in potential grant money from state and federal governments to build the so-called performance centre.

It appears to me we are going down the same path as the Port Macquarie Glass House debacle. The Glass House was a burden on ratepayers to build and remains an ongoing burden to maintain each year, and will do so for many years to come.

We have just been hit with a 7.9% rate variation, as the Mayor describes the increases, amounting to an average of $155 p.a on our rate bill.

Self funded retirees are surviving on a historically low interest rate and low paid workers are existing on casual rates with reduced working hours, so where do they find another $3 per week.

Any further increases to fund the proposal is as objectionable as the proposal to cut down trees and build a road through Pioneer Park.

ERN MERCER



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