Council rejects eight per cent rate cut

A CALL to cut rates by eight per cent without reducing services has been rejected by the Toodyay Shire Council.

Councillors voted 4-2 (Cr Judy Dow absent) last month to reject a notice of motion submitted by Cr Ben Bell (pictured).

Cr Bell said ratepayers were doing it tough* after recent “eye-watering” rates hikes of up to 10 per cent.

Although the shire was collecting $1.7 million more in rates each year than it did in 2013, the amount of money spent on providing services to the Toodyay community had not changed since 2013.

However, shire wages had increased by $1.2 million (140 per cent) since 2013, councillors’ fees had doubled and spending on the shire’s proposed new $23 million sport and recreation centre “swallows over $1.5 million – or 25 per cent of the shire’s rates revenue – each year”.

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