Farmers fear rates rise

SIGNIFICANT fears are mounting in the agricultural sector over how farmers will survive the “cost-price squeeze” as rising rates add to their already growing list of bills.

Producer Liam O’Dea, who is in the “other agriculture and farming 2 category” said his own rates bill was going to go up about 30 per cent.

“I am amazed that my own rates bill is going up that much when the overall rise is only about 10 per cent. I’ll be looking for an explanation for that,” he said.

“Farmers will find this very difficult. We just don’t have it in our income. Our income is declining and costs are going up, this is adding to the cost-price squeeze that farmers are facing.”

Mr O’Dea added he had sympathy for the councillors who had to bring in a budget that was bound to upset many people, but must comply with state laws over which they now control.

“A large part of the increases are directly the result of changes imposed on local government by the state without even consultation, let alone compensation. On the other hand I’m pleased that more sealing will be done on the Cullendore Road,” he said.

Categories

Other differential rating categories aside from residential and commercial explained yesterday are:

Horticulture 1 – land used for orchards and/or vineyards

Unimproved Capital Value (UCV) 0-$50,000

3.6630 cents in the dollar (minimum general rate $725)

Horticulture 2 – UCV between $50,001 and $100,000

3.2950 cents in the dollar (MGM of $1,831.54)

Horticulture 3 – UCV $100,000 +

1.2600 cents in the dollar (MGM is $3,295.03)

Other agriculture and farming 1 – UCV 0-$325,000

1.0680 cents in the dollar (MGM is $725)

Other agriculture and farming 2 – UCV $325,001-$850,000

0.8060 cents in the dollar (MGM is $3,471)

Other agriculture and farming 3 – UCV $850,000 +

0.7680 cents in the dollar (MGM is $6,851.01)

Extractive – 2.000 cents in the dollar (MGM is $2,500)

Special uses – 0.9480 cents in the dollar (MGM is $725)

Private forestry – 1.000 cents in the dollar (MGM is $570)

Other – 1.500 cents in the dollar (MGM is $725)


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