Seems many different “explanations” are given as to why council rates are so high, and councils continue complaining about how they need more money to deliver services.
Calculating your rates and comparing different councils is not that easy, probably deliberately.
But our South Gippsland council residential rates are about 40 per cent higher for the rate in the dollar than neighbouring Baw Baw and Bass Coast.
If you own a $400,000 house in South Gippsland you pay around $500 more per annum in rates than you do in those neighbouring shires.
Our councils should cut out unnecessary stuff, cut costs, reduce our rates and cut the cloth to suit the measure.
How long do we wait for the promised 3 per cent rate cut in the council plan?
Steve Finlay, Leongatha.