Opinion: We do benefit from the rates we pay

RATES: The bane of most homeowners' existence. And even more so for business owners.

It's even a larger problem for businesses when rates suddenly are the subject of large increases.

Just imagine it: The budget for the year's been done, based on a realistic increase in costs, including rates, and then the rates account arrives, way above the level the business person was expecting.

It's a pretty tough pill to swallow. But, what do we get from our rates?

A heck of a lot.

As well as your normal roads, rubbish, footpaths, water supply and waste disposal, we get a vast number of what could be called "social" benefits.

Take our library for example. At no cost you can borrow all manner of books, DVDs, magazines, use the public computers, and many other things.

Our rates demand might be quite steep this year, but I'd much rather pay than go without services.



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