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Stories about "rate rise":
Lismore City Council has acknowledged that with the current tight financial climate they will be looking to the community to determine which services they value and which services they are willing to have cut.
Byron rates are not 'among the highest in the state', councillors are not being 'blindly led' by staff and the shire could be forcibly amalgamated unless a Special Rate Variation is approved, says the council's general manager.
Public meetings will be held across Ballina shire in coming days as the council attempts to sell its proposal to increase rates to improve its pools.
Ballina shire council will embark on a major consultation with residents around its plan to raise rates by 5.5 per cent for 2015/16 and 2016/17. The aim is raise $4 million in loans for the redevelopment of the Alstonville and Ballina swimming pools.
Byron Council’s controversial plan to increase building height limits on a block in the centre of Byron Bay looks set to be abandoned at this week’s planning meeting.