Unfair rates slug
By YVONNE McLEAN
THE Gold Coast City Council's 2006-2007 budget, which had hoped to strike a fair balance between the general rate paid by owners of single homes and units ,has rebounded harshly on a number of unsuspecting unit owners, some claiming an increase of nearly 100 per cent on last year's bill.
In a bid to pinpoint what went wrong and give those affected a chance to air their problems, a public meeting will be held at the Isle of Capri Anglican Church next Monday night, August 14 at 7pm.
The meeting has been called by Division 7 councillor Susie Douglas who said finance committee chairman Cr Rod Molhoek had been invited along with a finance officer.
Southern Gold Coast councillor Chris Robbins said a number of unit owners in her division especially at Bilinga had been extremely hard hit by rises in the general rate and she urged all those who could to attend the public meeting.
"Unit owners affected deserve an explanation over the hard-to-handle impost," she said.