Rates on notice for local man
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.