Editorial - December 3: Something’s got to give,council or us

THE early mail is in and it's not looking good for Coffs Harbour City Council.

Advocate readers have been quick to send through their views on council seeking their input into whether it should apply for two consecutive ordinary general rate rises.

So far no one has emailed in to tell me they think what is effectively a 16.5% general rate increase across two years is a good idea. Some have been downright vicious while others seem to have missed the point.

This consultation is not about funding an entertainment centre or gallery - it is only about funding the delivery of basic services, and renewing and repairing infrastructure, and it follows a series of satisfaction surveys and the Budget Allocator exercise which told council the majority of ratepayers wanted service levels maintained.

The problem is that will be challenging without additional rate income.

In a nutshell, something's got to give - either what council does for the city, or what you and I contribute. That is essentially what council is asking us.

In a modern democracy it is as much your responsibility to get involved as it is for council to listen to the majority wishes of the constituency.

Graeme Singleton,

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