Clarence Valley Mayor Richie Williamson: “Live within our means.”
Clarence Valley Mayor Richie Williamson: “Live within our means.”

Councillors rule out a rate rise

A PROPOSED 5.5 per cent rate increase across the Clarence Valley has been rejected.

Councillors voted unanimously for the decision not to proceed with the special rate variation that would potentially see rates rise by 8.5 per cent.

“The council will budget around the 2.6 per cent that the State Government have allowed us to increase,” Mayor Richie Williamson said yesterday.

“We always have and we always will hit the mark. We will and can deliver with a 2.6 per cent rate increase.”

Cr Williamson said the ideals around borrowing large amounts of money were unsustainable. He said over the next term of financial year council would continue to seek savings within infrastructure, continue to deliver services as promised and outlined in the plan of managements, and vigorously source grants funds.

“We need to cut the cloth and live within our means,” he said.



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