‘Budget a mess, facing ratepayer mutiny’

Toodyay Shire President Brian Rayner (pictured left): “Rates rise equals cost of two packets of cigarettes.”

By Michael Sinclair-Jones
THE TOODYAY Shire Council has yet to explain to ratepayers why it needs to raise rates by 2.2 per cent after being told by staff in June that no increase was needed.

This year’s rates rise is more than double the increase in Perth’s cost of living and follows last year’s council decision to raise rates by 50 per cent for hundreds of rural residential property owners.

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