Warrnambool residents have spoken out against a proposal to raise rates above the state government regulated cap.
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The council says it will consider community feedback about the proposal.
Commentators on The Standard’s Facebook page have strongly voiced their opinions against a rate rise.
A council report says the average rate bill would increase by $40 per year if the rate hike was approved by the Essential Services Commission.
The council has indicated if rates do not rise, there could potentially be a cut to services.
Councillors voted five-one to submit an application for an increase for three years, with Cr Peter Hulin voting against.
Cr David Owen was an apology for the meeting.