The Sentinel-Times (‘Rates revolt call’ 29/09/15, p7) quotes the South Gippsland Shire CEO on an example of the disparity on property rates charged between it and a city municipality of $962 (in Stonnington) and $4339 here (on an $800,000 property).
It’s no wonder shire officers choose to live out of the shire and drive our shire cars to and from work!
It’s up to our shire to do something about that disparity.
How many organisations/businesses/households are able to decide what they’d like to spend then adjust their income (our rates) to suit?
As well as cutting spending, our shire should pursue the suggestion of funding local government from the GST.
Or why not get behind the proposal to stick to two per cent rate increases (on an already high base), make some cuts if necessary, and cop the flak, if any.
It is up to our shire to do something to reduce rates.
Steve Finlay, Leongatha