Land value challenge
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.