Yearly increases of rates only make it more expensive …

Comment on 5% council rate rise proposed by James Pollard.

Yearly increases of rates only make it more expensive to live in the town, to compensate for rises in costings for the council is one reason stated.
This with increase in fuel cost will, have a flow on effect to everything we purchase only making it more challenging to be in the town we enjoy being a part off.
Yet as a rate payer of 11 years I believe I have seen little or any improvements in the maintaining of parks that our children play in within my area.
I weekly on the weekend go out and clear all the broken glass and litter that has ended up in the park at Finlayson, Gillen during the week. As I believe it is a hazard to my children and other children plus the wider community that is using this reserve with increasing frequency.
I have no issue in that fact as such as I believe as an individual I and the wider community can share in the responsibility often left to council. However, with these increased rates I cannot help and wonder if this time it will come with a little more action in the area of improving the quality of parks and streets that we live and play in.

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