If the five per cent proposed rate increase is applied to the $528 it will increase to approximately $554 leaving a shortfall of $12 (or one per cent).
I now question if the $12 was a standby for the failed waste levy increase at the June council meeting when councillors resolved to take no further action regarding a one-off one per cent rate increase for the 2017/18 financial year. Or are we looking at the exposure of an attempted double dip?
In the interest of integrity and public accountability the council should not increase the fixed charge by any more than a maximum of 2.1 per cent as indicated in the latest consumer price index.
No doubt our ratepayers will appreciate a minimal increase.
Barry Schultz, Port Hughes