TWEED Shire Mayor Warren Polglase says the rate rise of 2012 will be half of what residents paid in 2009.
TWEED Shire Mayor Warren Polglase says the rate rise of 2012 will be half of what residents paid in 2009.

Mayor vows to halve rate rise

RATE rises on the Tweed are set to decrease by half over the next three years.

With new efficiencies found within the Tweed Shire Council, Mayor Warren Polglase says 2012 will see a rate rise half of what residents saw in 2009.

And he wants to reduce the rise this year as well.

“We are hoping to get it down at least a per cent,” Cr Polglase said yesterday.

As set out in Council’s seven-year plan, the shire has moved past the high point of rate rises and they are planned to reduce over the next few years.

What has allowed the rise to halve by 2012 is the removal of a road levy by the end of 2011.

“We can achieve this – the strategies we have in place are capable of doing it,” Cr Polglase said.

“By 2012 residents will be paying half the rate rise they were in 2009.

“Council will still deliver the services it delivers today – there will be no reduction in services or anything else.”

When asked if other councillors supported his plans, he said he couldn’t comment.

“That is up to the other councillors to say that, this is just what I am working towards.”

Last year, the gross average figure paid for residential properties, of which there are 34,698 in the shire, was $1004.23.

The 1529 rateable farmland properties paid a gross average of $1566.51, while the 1777 businesses paid a gross average of $2328.74.

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