BRIGHTON Council has confirmed that it will keep its rate increase in line with the rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the 23rd year in succession. This is quite an achievement for any Tasmanian council. Twenty-three years with only a CPI increase, or less, compared to other councils that have imposed significant increases over the years on their ratepayers.
BRIGHTON Mayor Tony Foster has continued his fight to hold down rate increases, calling on local councils that raise their charges higher than the annual rate of inflation to have to justify this to ratepayers.
Cr Foster wrote an extensive column in the Mercury newspaper following Brighton Council’s decision to hold down its rate rise to the annual movement in the Consumer Price Index for the 23rdyear in succession.
Following is an updated version of Mayor Foster’s Mercury column:
BY TONY FOSTER
DURING June, Tasmania’s local councils set their rates for the forthcoming year and the outcome revealed how effective their elected representatives and managers had been in managing the affairs of their city or municipality.
BRIGHTON Council has approved its budget for the next financial year, keeping the increase to the annual rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Hobart of just two percent. The increase for householders amounts to $17 a year, or a little more than $1.40 a month.
This is the 23rdconsecutive year Brighton Council has kept it rate increase at or below the CPI rise and we are particularly proud of this achievement. We’ve been able to do this with other sources of revenue, particularly as many State and Commonwealth Government grants to local government have reduced or disappeared. Continue reading “Brighton continues to hold down rates for its municipality”
FINDING that elusive first job can be a tough ask for many young people, which is apparent with the recent release of statistics showing that youth unemployment rate in Southern Tasmania is on the rise again.
To combat this trend, the Youth Entrepreneurial Services (YES) initiative, working in partnership with Vicinity Centres, is showcasing young Tasmanians’ creative skills and employment potential through experiential learning in the world of entrepreneurship.
STATE Cabinet’s April meeting with the Brighton Council was extremely positive and represents an important step in our working together with the newly re-elected Hodgman Government.
As Brighton Community Newsreaders will note, the Government took the opportunity to announce the commencement of consultation for the new Brighton High School. This is really positive as is the expectation that actual construction will commence next year.