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Unley Council rates: The never-ending story.

April 28, 2016

Lunching with friends at Mick O’Shea’s great Irish pub eatery just south of Morphett Vale this afternoon, the guest of honour presented me with a plastic envelope filled with ephemera dating back to the late Fifties. A cutting about the wonderful News columnist Max Fatchen. A double-page spread in the TVGuide on the 1851 stone cottage retreat of the pre-“Grumpy” family…

..and miraculously, considering this week’s media  brouhaha over Unley Council’s rate-setting gab-fest, my first-ever (June 1985) “Viewpoint” ward newsletter covering details of an EIGHT percent rate rise!!! How’s them for apples?.

As a side bar to the main story… which revealed that yours truly and Alderman Tim Cambell and Councillor Tony Bell would form a sub-committee to investigate the engaging of a PR firm to explain to ratepayers the effects of the introduction of four differential rates… was the news that some senior Council members had criticized my election campaign..

IN WHICH, (SHOCK, HORROR) I MADE CLEAR MY OBJECTION TO “BACK-DOOR” REVENUE-RAISING BY LOANS…

I also told my readers that the then Mayor and political hopeful Denis Sheridan had accused me of over-stating the loans situation, saying that I was incorrect in claiming that Unley’s yearly repayment was $700,000. Whoopie-do. It was, Mr Sheridan announced triumphantly, only $687,100. Un-bloody-believeable!

So. Nothing really changes does it? Even after 31 years…

And on June 11 of that year I was pleased to second a succcessful motion that the budget be prepared without recourse to loans. Only three voted against it.

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