Reg Lawler stands by his rates rise calculations
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
PERHAPS I should answer the "letter” of Dr Darryl Dodt.
I think I might be SLW although I have always put my name to letters and prefer to refer to people in our community by their names.
Dr Dodt seems to have three main themes in his personal attack on me.
1. I support the hydrotherapy pool. That's true, although I no longer am involved.
2. He says that I am attacking the Rattler as he says I don't support the $65 levy.
That is not true. I supported the Rattler since the very first trip when we established the stop at Dagun.
I still support the Rattler although the present committee appears incompetent and unwilling to involve the public. All I have done is pointed out that the Mayor's promise to remove the Waste Levy has been accompanied by a Economic Development Levy of a similar amount. That is true.
3. I say that the average rate increase is not 2.1% but much more.
Immediately before the election we had an increase to 10% in the discount for prompt payment. After the election the prompt payment discount was effectively reduced by being on fewer items and the general rates were all increased by 5.1%.
The income from rates and charges increased by over 4%. That doesn't require a special expertise in economics or accounting to work out. The good thing is that people can work it out themselves without any special expertise when they get their rate bill shortly.
It's easy. You take the total payable with the prompt payment discount from the new bill and you divide it by the total with prompt payment discount from the old bill. Then multiply it by 100 to bring it to a percentage. Anything over 100% is the increase. That is simply arithmetic that everyone can do, Dr Dodt.
If you have below 2.1% contact me to see if you are the lowest for the bottle of wine.
The folk in Dr Dodt's Division 4 can do the sums, know that Dr Dodt supports the rise and says that it is 2.1% and make their own decisions.