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Strong opposition to plan for stormwater drainage levy

Posted 22 March 2012 by (Hurstville News)

Hurstville City Council last night vetoed a plan to introduce a $25 levy on all homes and businesses for the renewal and maintenance of stormwater drainage infrastructure.

Mayor of Hurstville, Cr Steve McMahon said Greens Councillor Anne Wagstaff put forward the proposal to commence on 1 July 2012.

“At a time when our residents and businesses are already feeling the pinch from exorbitant increases in electricity and water costs, Cr Wagstaff wants to add to their burden and slug them with an extra tax,” he said.

“It is clear that she does not understand the financial pressures that our residents are under.

“Late last year, I put a stop to imposing extra costs on local families building a new home or extending their existing home.

“Times are tough and I will do anything I can do to try and ease the cost of living on our residents.”

Mayor McMahon said Council is currently analysing the condition of the drainage system in the Hurstville local government area.

“I acknowledge that our stormwater drainage system needs work,” he said.

“However, until we determine the extent of works that need to be undertaken, how can Cr Wagstaff possibly justify introducing a levy?

“Her proposal was simply a grab for money!”

Mayor McMahon said this is not the first time that Cr Wagstaff has tried to take money out of residents’ pockets.

“When Council negotiated a $60 rebate for ratepayers through its waste contract, Cr Wagstaff voted not to return the money,” he said.

“Now she wants to charge our residents $25 for a project that she doesn’t even know how much it is going to cost.

“In her first term, Cr Wagstaff has tried to increase taxes for our ratepayers by $85.”

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