Rate rise is impossible to fathom

EDITORIAL: How on earth can council rates for any business rise by 30%?

It's a seemingly ridiculous notion, yet that appears to be the case for the business owner we feature in Friday's paper.

Surely, at some point, sanity must make an entrance in issues such this.

Fluffy words such as "equalisation" mandated by the State Government are another example of bureaucracy taken beyond the point of ridiculous.

"Equalisation across the region and a minimisation of the number of categories - is key," Mayor Gerard O'Connell is quoted as saying.

No, no, no, Mr Mayor.

Commonsense is key.

This is the kind of nonsense that can kill businesses and there is no logical reason for it to be inflicted on them.

Making things easier for itself is not the mandate of our cumbersome bureaucracy.

Well, at least it shouldn't be.

For state government, council, whoever - customer service is key.

Our business operators, large and small, take great risks as they generate regional income.

I kind of like the idea that I know exactly how much money will drop into my bank account each week, but some small business owners have no such luxury.

They need to be able to plan and budget with some certainty if they are to survive.

Ridiculous rises such as the one Mr Harris is facing are, frankly, inexcusable.

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