Councillor Bourke slams proposed water rate rise in Bathurst

Councillor Bourke slams proposed water rate rise in Bathurst

Councillor Bobby Bourke has spoken out about the proposed water rate rise in Bathurst.

Councillor Bourke is the only councillor to vote against putting the draft budget on display, and says he is sticking up for the people of Bathurst.

The four year draft delivery plan and annual operating plan includes a detailed financial budget, and the councils revenue policy for the 2013-14 financial year.

The budget outlines a 9.7 per cent increase in water rates next financial year, and Councillor Bourke says the increase will not only affect ratepayers, but also renters and low income families.

He says the money should instead come from the large amount of vacant land the council develops and sells.

 

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