envelope-budgetAppreciated your headline (Sentinel-Times, January 28), ‘Councils useless with capped rates’.
It seems both councils and ratepayers are opposed to the notion of capped CPI increases to rates.
Councils seem concerned capped rises will restrict their ability to operate while ratepayers (as represented in Sentinel-Times’ Voice of the People) think any increase in rates is too much!
Businesses and households have to budget based on their income while councils decide what they will spend then adjust their income (our rates) to suit.
Councils should consider a “no rate increase” year, cut (and cut) the cloth to suit and let the ratepayers decide if that’s what we want.

Steve Finlay, Leongatha.