THE Mayor of Stirling has stated that a rates rise is imminent without explaining why. Although representing the council and council officers on this matter, no representative evidence is attached or forthcoming.
True, the geography of Stirling council after local government reform and its rateable population will fall by 17 per cent and 16,850 rateable properties removed.
However, adjustment of administration and operational savings of finance and personnel movement that will be also part of this adjustment are not mentioned.
Is it envisaged that the council will carry out the adjustment as it has with the verge rubbish collection and put the savings away from overall financial saving adjustment?
This period is very important to the ratepayers of all councils involved to ensure that all adjustments are fair and equitable.
With the commercial development and residential infill within Stirling, the rate of present attrition caused in part by these previously proposed adjustments will level out quickly and Stirling council, like the others, will progress on more equitable and administrative footings.
Rate rises being inevitable is both negative and unproven bias that has been evident throughout this whole matter and again without any substance.
The mayor, along with the ratepayers, should expect the chief executive to explain why the council officers expect a rates rise. Then the ratepayers can judge the authenticity of such an explanation.
ROBERT MITCHELL, Karrinyup