Write to complain ? Robbins
HIGH rise unit owners who received a rude shock in the mail with the arrival of their 2006-2007 rate notices have a right to be annoyed, according to southern Gold Coast councillor Christine Robbins.
Units four storeys and above were slugged in this year's attempt to shift the rates burden.
Cr Robbins said wherever there were units the problem would be widespread and she has called on those people sorely affected by a shock general rates hike to complain to their local councillor by letter.
"Despite long deliberation by our finance committee, to strike a genral rate that would be fair to all, the result in some cases is a stuff up, bringing financial pain to many," Cr Robbins said.
"Our council's job is to bring dowm a budget that would endure so that people could afford to live here. We can't rescind the budget but we must make sure such an impost does not occur again.
"The system used in devising equality was complicated, averaging out land valuations over three years, dropping the threshold for the minimum rate and increasing the rate in the dollar. The numbers just did not work in many instances. For unit owners the bottom line is not how it worked but the size of their rates bill," she said.
"In my division the general rate for many unit owners has spiralled up to 100 per cent causing people anger and financial pain. I am working hard at finding out what went wrong and how."
Cr Robbins also claimed any system using unimproved land values as a guide in the general rate was wrong and should be changed. She urged all affected unit owners to get those letters in quickly.