Residents drained by rate strain

YOU may have just finished paying your rates notice, but State Government's valuers are once again shuffling around the region, putting a price tag on your property.

And Councillor Ross Bartley, at this week's committee meeting, urged council to start forming a rates consultation group as soon as possible to try and curb some of the backlash it received after this year's budget.

After noticing a state-wide newspaper advertisement in relation to a “rates burn”, Cr Bartley stressed it wasn't just an issue in this region.

“A lot of ratepayer associations are cranking up through the state and there could be a state body created. We need to be productive and get this group together and start liaising with them to address and allay some of the issues and misinformation out there.”

He said council should not call for expressions of interest but that it should target individuals to join the group.

Cr Vic Pennisi agreed, but added council was stuck “dabbling with the effect” of a flawed State Government system.

“We should also formally do something like lobby through LGAQ or the minister.”

The Department of Environment and Resource Management confirmed valuers were working across the region and that the next revaluation would be released in March 2011.


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