2.5 per cent rates hike on the cards

Increase more than double 12-month rise in household cost of living

By Michael Sinclair-Jones

RATEPAYERS face a 2.5 per cent rates hike this financial year after Toodyay shire councillors voted 6-1 at last month’s council meeting (Cr Bill Manning against, Cr Ben Bell overseas on Australian Government trade mission) to advertise the proposed new increase for public comment.

The rise is more than double the 1.1 per cent cost of living increase in the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics Consumer Price Index for the 12 months to March 31.

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