Richie Williamson.
Richie Williamson. Daily Examiner

Council to budget around 2.6% rise

THE decision by Clarence Valley Council to budget around the 2.6 per cent rate rise, as approved by the Local Government Minister Barbara Perry, was approved unanimously at this week’s special meeting.

Councillors voted against the special rate increase of 5.5 per cent, with Mayor Richie Williamson adding a motion that once the integrated management plan (including the 10-year financial plan) is adopted by council, a further report be submitted with options in addressing any shortfalls.

“We also, long term, need to have this discussion with our community as well, however, we need to ensure that a number of things are done correctly and are in place before we get a report on the issue,” Cr Williamson said.

He said council must first adopt its integrated management plan, which was well advanced in the planning stages.

“The plan will give guidance to the council about its long-term financial sustainability and will also set the policy of guiding council through the next foreseeable future,” Cr Williamson said.

Cr Ian Dinham told the meeting: “The statements in the newspaper which I found a bit embarrassing saying that council wants to hit us with a rate rise was perhaps making some presumptions that weren’t necessary the case in the long run.”

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