The letter ‘Tip backflip a bad move’ (Sentinel-Times, March 7) appears to be nothing more than a bitter and wildly inaccurate rant.
Here are some relevant facts that the author did not include in his letter:
• Rate capping legislation was introduced by the State Government in 2015 to put an end to the repeated and continual gouging of ratepayers by Victorian councils. Minister Natalie Hutchins was quoted at the time as saying “Councils need to put a stop to over-the-top executive pay rises and needless waste”.
• The previous Bass Coast Shire Council increased residential rates by an average of four times the inflation rate in each of its first three years.
• Without the rate cap, the council’s gouging of ratepayers would have continued in 2016, as their LTFP sought to impose average rate increases of 4.7 per cent, almost double the 2016 rate cap (2.5 per cent).
• Most of the previous councillors bemoaned the introduction of the rate cap, and only begrudgingly accepted it after strong community representations (Yes, I was in the gallery during that debate).
• The first report on the Inverloch transfer station (June 2016) was utterly devoid of any substantive evidence demonstrating any factual adverse environmental impacts.
• Similarly, the second report on the Inverloch transfer station (February 2017) remained utterly devoid of any substantive evidence demonstrating any factual adverse environmental impacts.
• It is possible that storm water run-off from new adjacent housing estates may pose more of an environmental hazard to Screw Creek and Little Screw Creek in future than does the transfer station.
• The Inverloch transfer station has well served the local community, safely and without complaint, for more than 30 years.
• The 2016-17 operating cost is just 0.36 per cent of budgeted income from rates and charges.
• Last year only one of the seven previous councillors demonstrated the integrity to reject the CEOs flawed recommendation, whereas this year eight of the nine new councillors demonstrated that integrity, with most citing a need for genuine evidence.
There may perhaps be a few people in the community who hanker for the days when once again their annual council rates will be increased by many multiples of the inflation rate and where evidence based decision making is merely a slogan rather than a practice.
But I am not one of those few.
And I’m confident that the silent majority share my view.
Kevin Griffin, Inverloch.