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Bid to lower Burnie rates

April 23, 2024 10:40 am in by

The Burnie City Council will be asked to reconsider its planned 7.88 % cent rates rise for the next financial year.

In a motion to be tabled at Tuesday’s monthly meeting for April, former mayor and current councillor Steve Kons, is proposing almost halving the increase to maximum rise of 4.5%.

In his motion, Councillor Kons says the revised figure equals the consumer price index, plus 1%.

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He says in the current cost of living crisis, the council has a moral and ethical obligation to show restraint in revenue raising.

Coouncil gneral manager Simon Overland says the motion goes against the council’s four-year financial management strategy, which was adopted only last month.

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