Paying for what?

TIM Ross in his letter Yamba's two pools (DE 18/5/2013) says "I am over this us and them thing" and so are we all.....but while "them" (Grafton-centric councillors) continue to overrule the recommendations of their professional staff to tax "us" to pay for Grafton services some of "us" will continue to stand up and fight.   Our cause is not helped by Tim Ross playing his own "them and us" games between Yamba and Maclean.   Tim Ross may be wealthy enough not to care but I look at the CVC decision last week that will impose council rate increases of 8.4% a year every year for the next four years on Maclean residential and business rate-payers and I have very real concerns for the people who will be devastated by these financial impacts.   I'd like to make it clear that I own no business or residential property in Maclean, but that doesn't stop me speaking up for the people of the town.   At the time of council amalgamation in 2004 we were told that there would be benefits for all local people.   Perhaps Tim Ross would like to outline the gains that have been made for the town of Maclean since then and explain to us all how a rate increase of 33.6% over the next four years is justified.   Bill Day, Yamba


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