Rates collected have risen 14 percent when comparing December quarters 2012 to 2015.
We haven't seen our rates go up that much. Some poor sod has seen his go up by more.
But we aren't getting more for our money. Purchases and operating expenditure is up by a mere 1.7%. The big jumps are in interest and depreciation.
Well, it's local body election year. I'd be looking for candidates promising to keep rates within the margin of inflation at least. Promising some fiscal responsibility.
The $1.155 billion collected in the December quarter 2012 kept to current inflation would have been $1.183 billion in 2015
Rates up equal rents up. Again it's the poorest who bear the brunt. But it's big-spending councils who are squealing about living wages and poverty. How long will it take them to figure out what Winston Churchill did.
"Can a people tax themselves into prosperity? Can a man stand in a bucket and lift himself up by the handle?" 1904, Free Trade Hall, Manchester