‘Winners and losers’ in 6-2 budget vote to increase rates

RATEPAYERS face an average increase of $50 in their annual rates bills after Toodyay shire councillors voted 6-2 last month to adopt a 2.5 per cent increase.

“There will be some winners and some losers,” shire audit committee chair Rob Welburn told a special council meeting.

The rates increase was moved by Cr Eric Twine, seconded by Shire Deputy President Therese Chitty and opposed by Crs Bill Manning and Ben Bell.

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