Com­mu­nity speaks on price of our rates

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

MANY across the Whit­sun­days would have awo­ken to an un­wel­come let­ter this week.

The se­cond in­stal­ment of the 2015–16 half yearly rates no­tices were is­sued across the re­gion on Mon­day.

Mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney said res­i­dents could cut the cost of their bill by pay­ing in full by the due date, earn­ing a 5% dis­count.

“The due date for pay­ment of rates is Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 29, 2016, and you need to pay by this date in or­der to get the 5% dis­count,” she said.

How­ever, this didn’t stop 93% of re­spon­dents of an on­line poll run by the Whit­sun-

day Times from say­ing Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil’s rates were too ex­pen­sive.

Rus­sell Rodgers of Air­lie Beach made his opin­ion known via the Times’ web­page.

“The val­u­a­tion com­po­nent of the rates in the Whit­sun­days are four times that of Bris­bane. Given a smaller re­gional coun­cil I would ex­pect some dif­fer­ence but to me four times seems ex­tor­tion­ate,” he wrote.

Rate pay­ments can be made by any of the meth­ods out­lined on the rates no­tice in­clud­ing on­line at www.whit­sun­

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