Cal­cu­late rate in­creases fairer - Seel­iger

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY ROBERT MUIR

A fairer way of cal­cu­lat­ing rate in­creases by Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil has been re­quested by Mul­wala res­i­dent Peter Seel­iger.

“I am not here to­day to talk about the rate re­view (see sep­a­rate story) or to lower the in­come to the ‘shire’ or the way or­di­nary rates are cal­cu­lated by coun­cil,” the in­au­gu­ral Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil

Ci­ti­zen of the Year 2018 told coun­cil’s monthly meet­ing on April 17.

“But I am seek­ing a fairer way of cal­cu­lat­ing rate in­creases that are sanc­tioned by IPART (In­de­pen­dent Pric­ing and Reg­u­la­tory Tri­bunal) and why I be­lieve this change should oc­cur now and not un­til a rate re­view has been fi­nalised in a cou­ple of years’ time.

“This method will not change the amount coun­cil col­lects, but will al­low rate in­creases to be collected fairly.”

Mr Seel­iger pro­vided var­i­ous ex­am­ples of the re­sults by coun­cil in al­lo­cat­ing rate in­creases among the dif­fer­ent ratepayer cat­e­gories: res­i­den­tial, business and farm­land.

Quot­ing 2016/17, for ex­am­ple, with res­i­den­tial rate increase of 18.46%, business 8.24% and farm­land 6.72%, he said res­i­den­tial rate increase of 18.46% on a $90,000 prop­erty was $108.89, on a $1.1 mil­lion prop­erty the increase would be $646.14 which works out to be $537.25 vari­a­tion.

“Us­ing my method in the 2017/18 year for farm­land, res­i­den­tial and business, the in- crease in that year was $400,706.00. If that fig­ure was di­vided by the num­ber of as­sess­ments, which in this case is 6618, this will give an even dis­tri­bu­tion of the rate increase - an increase of only $60.55 for every­one.”

Mr Seel­iger, a for­mer Corowa Shire Coun­cil­lor, re­minded Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil that Mul- wala’s rate con­tri­bu­tion is nearly dou­ble the av­er­age rates of Corowa and How­long. “Business rates for Mul­wala are 3.6 times more than How­long and 3.2 times more than Corowa. I be­lieve that will be ad­dressed in the com­ing rate re­view.”

Peter Seel­iger ad­dress­ing Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil.

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