Saturday, 19 August 2017

Your View: Council rate cap

I HAVE read with interest council’s response to the suggestion rates should be capped at something like the rate of inflation and particularly the suggested result of such a cap on the services provided by District Council of the Copper Coast.

With no particular officer of council mentioned in this suggested outcome I can only assume it comes from the CEO Peter Harder.

As a person who has had a bit to do with council over the years (like about 20 years as an elected member) and as a businessman who had to make money to survive I would like to offer the following suggestions.

Mr Harder, you are wrong in the way you have spelt out the actions you would need to take to comply with a rate cap as you have started at the wrong end of your list.

Any reasonably savvy businessperson will tell you if you have a revenue problem then you need to reassess your staffing requirements and a restructure can provide savings in this area.

It has been my experience in the public service and councils that give someone a management position and watch the empire grow. Mr Harder, if the cap comes in, restructure your operation to suit.

Geoff Male, Wallaroo

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