$50,000 of rates waived
The Murchison Region Aboriginal Corporation has won a $50,000 rates concession from the City of Greater Geraldton after putting its case to the State Administrative Tribunal.
The tribunal became involved when the council denied the corporation’s request earlier this year to have rates waived on its 59 properties, an application made on grounds it was deemed a charitable organisation.
The City then agreed to negotiate with the corporation, which requested the $50,000 concession on properties for the 2016-17 financial year.
Rates for future years will be subject to negotiation.
Councillors voted 8-3 in favour of granting the rates concession at their meeting in Mullewa on Tuesday.
Last week, the City’s director of corporate and commercial services Rob Davis said if the matter was left to determination by law, the City would be forced to refund more than $80,000.
Cr Victor Tanti said he supported the motion even though he believed the concession should not be given.
“Only fight the battles you can win,” he said.
Crs Michael Raymond, David Caudwell and Graeme Bylund voted against the motion.
The City is expected to make submissions to the Government to amend the Local Government Act’s definition of charitable purpose.
The Mullewa District Office.