With so much talk about the increased South Gippsland Shire rates, I have to say I am not one of the disgruntled ratepayers.
My rates went up $150 – but this was mainly due to the increased value of my house which tells me it will be worth more when I sell.
Rates are very complicated but in a nutshell, it was the whole Shire rate bucket that rose 2.5% and for every property that went up more than 2.5% there has to be plenty of property rates that have gone down.
Our rates are fair for the area and infrastructure that South Gippsland Shire covers.
We have more roads and bridges and less people to share the costs. This is the price we have to pay for seeing green rolling hills, no road congestion, no crowds, beautiful unique country towns and far less crime.
I wouldn’t give this up for anything, but we can’t have it all. I’m sure most of us don’t want to live in a place populated like Cranbourne or Pakenham.
As much as we all would love to be paying less for our rates, a 3% rate reduction would have given me $55 – ($1 a week) which I realise would be of assistance to some people, but it wasn’t worth the loss of new or upgrading infrastructure projects that would not occur if this reduction had have been adopted by the Administrators.
This increased amount would not deter people wanting to move to this area, it is the lack of jobs that is our problem.
The Administrators have taken up many requests to meet with various groups and individuals, getting a real feel for the communities in which we live.
They are extremely committed to moving forward with the Priority Projects adopted by the dismissed councillors. These projects include Korumburra Revitalisation Project and the Rail Trail extension from Leongatha to Korumburra and beyond.
The 15-year long term plan sets out what can be achieved in that time but a rate reduction would have pulled the pin on all new and upgrading infrastructure projects and this is not a way to encourage people to the area.
I feel we are in very good hands under [the] current Administrators and I am excited to see what will be achieved in their time.
Noelene Cosson, Korumburra.