Land value chal­lenge

The Queensland Times - - NEWS -

A COM­PLAINT will be lodged with the State Gov­ern­ment over prop­erty val­u­a­tions in Ip­swich.

Ip­swich City Coun­cil says it will make an of­fi­cial com­plaint to the Valuer-Gen­eral out­lin­ing con­cerns prop­erty val­u­a­tions for the city will not be is­sued in 2018.

The coun­cil uses prop­erty val­u­a­tions to cal­cu­late rates and says the Valuer-Gen­eral’s “fail­ure” to is­sue an­nual val­u­a­tions caused prob­lems for the coun­cil bud­get.

City Man­age­ment, Fi­nance and Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment Com­mit­tee chair­man and Deputy Mayor Wayne Wendt said the coun­cil had pre­vi­ously in­formed the Valuer-Gen­eral of the need to con­duct an­nual val­u­a­tions ow­ing to rapid pop­u­la­tion growth.

“With the city fac­ing con­tin­ued rapid growth it is a se­ri­ous is­sue and cre­ates angst in the com­mu­nity,” Cr Wendt said. “Coun­cil pays for an­nual val­u­a­tions and we are not get­ting them.

“This is both sur­pris­ing and dis­ap­point­ing given that most val­u­a­tions are con­ducted from a desk­top.”

The QT has con­tacted the Valuer-Gen­eral for com­ment.

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