Fraser Coast Council rates
Rural Ratepayers, with land of less than 20,000m2 (5 acres) are being charged for general rates, with the highest increase in recent years, in a cash grab by the council.
A new rates category has been created, category 4, which increases the landholders above, general rate by $161, less 10% discount, net $145.
These landholders have little or no services.
In comparison city ratepayers general rates, with all the services, have increased by net $135.72, $9.28 less than the city ratepayers.
On top of the net $145, the rural ratepayers are being charged $11.00 net extra for wheelie bin services, and a emergency services levy of $90.
So with no increase in services, the rural ratepayers will now have to find another $246 to add to the amount they paid last year, as a result of the councils latest cash grab in rates.
In comparison, City rates have been increased by about $190 net, taking into account general rates, charges and levies, including the city emergency services levy set at $11.20 compared to the rural amount of $90, and water charges.
A comparison of these increases shows that the council is vigorously pursuing a policy of bringing rural ratepayers into line with the rest of the rateable Fraser Coast Council area.