Rates on no­tice for lo­cal man

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News -

THE Aus­tralian dream of own­ing a home has be­come a strug­gle for many fam­i­lies.

The stress and pres­sure to pay the mort­gage, bills, feed the fam­ily, and then the rates no­tice ar­rives.

One Gin Gin res­i­dent has asked the ques­tion, why do res­i­dents, liv­ing out­side of town get slugged twice?

Ratepayer and SES vol­un­teer Ge­orge Ablett said he was out­raged over the ex­tra levy.

“Why do we have to pay for the State Emer­gency Levy and ru­ral fire as a vol­un­teer?”

Rates are a sen­si­tive topic and fees and charges have out­raged ratepay­ers for decades.

Fig­ures sug­gest rates no­tices have in­creased up to 7% in the past year.

Mr Ablett has ded­i­cated al­most 25 years to the SES and paid his rates no­tice for twice as many years.

“Ev­ery no­tice cost the ratepayer more than the pre­vi­ous year, for what? Noth­ing has changed,” he said.

The ru­ral fire-fight­ers along with the SES have strug­gled to keep ac­tive mem­bers and Mr Ablett be­lieves that re­mov­ing the two levies may even en­cour­age vol­un­teers to sign up.

Mr Ablett wants the in­creases to stop and says it is hard for those on fixed in­comes and strug­gling fam­i­lies to man­age.

“It’s the ex­tra levy and charges we don’t need,” he said.

“Vol­un­teers work hard, they are worth more than $120 per year, it’s worth con­sid­er­a­tion,” he said.

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