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Coffs Harbour disappointed with ‘Budget Allocator’ feedback

Coffs Harbour council unhappy with public response to Budget Allocator
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Just 70 people have responded to Coffs Harbour City Council’s call for help, in deciding which services need to be maintained and which can be cut back.

The “Budget Allocator” survey was launched a few weeks ago, asking ratepayers to rate which services and facilities they value the most.

The council said it wants community’s feedback as it looks for spending to cut to help face the next few years significant financial challenges.

Director of City Infrastructure Services Ben Lawson said it is a matter that should interest every ratepayer.

“This is something that will affect every resident,” he said.

“Everyone enjoys various services Council provides, from driving over the roads, to going and seeing a sporting event, to enjoying their local park, or using the public toilet, or submitting a development application.”

The council said it is disappointed in the lack of community interest in its wide-ranging survey on how ratepayers money is spent.

Mr Lawson said it is important to get and idea of what ratepayers consider to be the priorities.

“This is an opportunity to have your say in telling us what services you value, and whether you’re willing to see an increase in rates to see those services maintained,” he said.

“Or what services you’re willing to accept a lower level of service, and minimise an increase in rates.”