‘This won’t hurt a bit’ – and other fibs

EDITORIAL: "Just a little sting. This won't hurt a bit."

Sometimes it's better to be honest with your patients before you put in the knife - or with your customers/voters/ratepayers.

Complaints continue to flow into the Chronicle about council rate rises far above the average 5% pitched by the council when its budget was delivered.

Take the example of Tiaro land owner Ross whose property was changed from category 6 to category 4, lumping him with a 20% increase, with no explanation other than that the council had made "budgetary moves".

Ross can be forgiven for interpreting that as "creative accountancy".

But even without the category change, he'd have copped a 13% increase.

And Ross gets no extra services for that - in fact, he gets precious little services anyway, being outside the town area.

Cr James Hansen, who has spoken about unnecessary hardship to ratepayers from the old Woocoo and Tiaro shires, has backed a call from Cr Chris Loft for a review of council operations and costs.

The region's residents would welcome such a review and, no doubt, would remember it at the next council election.



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