MidCoast residents have their say on rate rise proposal MidCoast LGA (overall news) by News Of The Area - Modern Media - April 25, 2017 Photo 1:Kevin Carter, Bulahdelah.The current rate rise is only the CPI. It is standard and expected. However, it could become unfair on former Great Lakes residents who are paying the highest rates in the MidCoast area. I do believe we need to embrace the rises as best we can, as long as the money goes towards improved services and infrastructure. The rate rises need to be reasonable and honest. If we expect improved services, we should expect a rate rise. Modern Media: Advertise with News Of The Area and you get your ad in 1) in Print, 2) on the News Website (like this ad), and 3) on our Social Media news site. A much more efficient way to advertise. Reach a HUGE audience for a LOW price TODAY! Call us on 02 4983 2134. Or [email protected] Or CLICK FOR ADVERT QUOTE Photo 2:Helen Jones, Tea Gardens.We really need to see more for our rate money than we are getting at the moment, so hopefully things will improve. We will pay more, so we will expect more. Photo 3:Jeff Carryer, Bulahdelah.Often the rates here are as high as a million-dollar place in Sydney. The proposed rise may not seem much, but when you combine it with water rates, a lot of properties are looking at three grand per year now, about $60 per week, it may be a bit of a struggle for pensioners. Any money from a rate rise needs to go into our roads, facilities and bridges. Photo 4:Irene Worth, Bulahdelah.Nobody wants to pay more rates. If there is a rate rise, so long as we don’t suffer and everybody benefits. It needs to be fair across the council area, not just for a few areas. Photo 5:Kim Kirkpatrick, Tea Gardens.I am against a rate rise. I feel our rates are high enough at the moment, considering what we actually get for our rates. We do need a lot of resources in this area, but I am not sure that a rate rise will benefit our area. Photo 6:David Mort, Bulahdelah.When you’re looking at people who buy property, any rate increase could affect their decision to buy here. Any increase in rates should be used to improve our infrastructure, and the rates should be evened out across the whole council area.