Tweed rejects a tax for graffiti clean-up

By KATRINA FARRELL

A GRAFFITI tax has no support in the Tweed.

The Kingscliff and District Chamber of Commerce has joined NSW's largest employer organisation in rejecting calls for NSW Councils to introduce a graffiti tax.

The NSW Local Government Association is to present a motion to the State Minister for Local Government that gives councils the ability to impose a levy on all property owners to fund grafitti clean-ups.

Put forward by Canterbury Council at the annual conference for NSW's local government bodies, the proposal could see each rateable property forced to contribute an extra $10-$15 a year, similar to a stormwater levy introduced in 2006.

Alan McIntosh, Kingscliff Chamber of Commerce president, said local businesses were opposed to a graffiti tax as it punished innocent people for the actions of the guilty.

"This is a wild idea, no doubt borne out of frustration at the increasing budget crisis impacting on councils throughout NSW," Mr McIntosh said.

A spokesman for the Local Government and Shires Association of NSW, Michael Ross, said some councils were paying up to $1 million a year to clean up grafitti, putting massive strain on their annual budgets.

Tweed Shire Council administrators are yet to discuss the graffiti tax but Tweed Shire co-administrator Max Boyd said the introduction of a graffiti tax for the region was unlikely and unwarranted.

Mr Boyd said repairing damage done by vandals, like breakage of public toilets and distruction to trees, is more expensive than cleaning graffiti.

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