It seems we are re-entering the lost maze with the reinstatement of the remnants of the previous council.
The interim administrator has unearthed a spate of expenditures and over expenditures which were not approved by council. In order to fund the deficit created by these actions we are now being asked to approve an increase in the rate levy. There are three problems with this.
The first, and most severe, is that the process to express views on yoursay.armidale.nsw.gov.au does not limit input to ratepayers who will have to foot the bill.
The second is that there is no web portal for views to be expressed. The submission methods by email, post or drop off seemed aimed to limit input.
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The third is that any moved to change the rating structure should be delayed until the elected Council has an opportunity to reassess where we are with debt and future developments.