Vote on which services you are prepared to sacrifice
THE PROPOSED 8% rate hike for the Clarence Valley from July 2016 has to be accompanied by cuts to services for the council's budget to become sustainable, says a report to the council.
Earlier this month an extraordinary meeting of the Clarence Valley Council voted to seek the rate increase as part of a raft of measures including rationalisation of council assets and cuts to come from a list of 24 services council provides.
The council has called two public meetings - one in Maclean today (Tuesday) and the other in Grafton on Thursday - to consult the community on which of the services it is prepared to eliminate and which ones it wants to keep.
This round of consultation follows extensive canvassing of public opinion last year to help the council come up with its 10-year community plan.
The message to council from the 2014 round of consultation was people wanted big improvements in the road network. Council warned the community then it would need to cut back on other services to afford the necessary road works and seek to increase its revenue.
How many of these services would you be prepared to sacrifice:
Which of these services would you vote 'off the island'?
This poll ended on 31 May 2015.
Tourism services and tourism promotion
Economic services and economic development or promotion services
Natural Resource Management Services
Community Development Service
Ageing and Access Services
Safe Communities Services
Library facilities and services
Sponsored events and festivals
Community Care Services not funded by other levels of government
Under-utilised, unique or unusual sporting facilities
Under-utilised public amenities
Ulmarra Pool at end of current contract
South Grafton Saleyards
Mobile Library Services
Grafton Regional Gallery
Grafton Airport operation and/or ownership
Environmental sustainability services
Under-utilised caravan parks and camping facilities
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.