A massive rates hike for Hamiltonians has been thrown out for now, but could soon loom again.
Confused and surprised councillors last week threw out the idea of 12 per cent rate rise for 2017/18, though the pressures of population growth means the topic won’t be off the table for long.
A 12% rates rise was totally unacceptable. How many hosueholds have had a 12% increase in income? Councils have to learn they can’t continue with rates increases well beyond inflation and wages.