Costly option

FOR once, the City of Melville doesn’t get its own way and the mayor is now squealing.

Perhaps if the council hadn’t been so greedy in seeking to get control over Jandakot Airport its proposal might have had a chance.

In any event, long-term sustainability will come not from continued growth in the number of rateable properties but rather through keeping tight control over costs ” which means at or below the rate of inflation.

Unfortunately, this is a discipline that governments at all levels just don’t seem to be able to grasp, so they take the easy option of raising the rates and taxes levied on the community to fill the revenue shortfall.