Rates ex­tor­tion

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS YOUR SAY -

PER­PLEXED res­i­dents in the Mt Tully Rd/Eukey Rd area of Stan­thorpe are de­mand­ing an ex­pla­na­tion for the ex­or­bi­tant in­crease in land valuations in their area.

Most land valuations around Stan­thorpe have re­mained the same, or in some cases ac­tu­ally de­creased. In that area, how­ever, there is a stag­ger­ing al­most 50 per cent in­crease.

This re­sults in an in­cred­i­ble 45–50 per cent in­crease in rates.

Were the sit­u­a­tion not so out­ra­geous, it would sim­ply be com­i­cal.

One usu­ally hears of such shock­ing ex­tor­tion only in the con­text of crim­i­nal as­so­ci­a­tions. — On­line user FernStefnie

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