Struggling local buoyed by public

BATTLING Tiaro landlord Anthony Van Doorn is overwhelmed at the kindness of Fraser Coasters.

The 56-year-old owes more than $6000 in rates because the council backdated his rates, saying his rating category was wrong and he owed a further $1800-plus in back rates because he had three units on his property.

“I have only been eating one meal a day since March when I learned I owed all that money,” he said yesterday. “Then I just got my new rates bill and now I owe over $6000.”

The Chronicle story on Anthony’s plight resulted in anonymous food parcels arriving in his mail box.

“I couldn’t believe the generosity. I opened one and straight away had a chicken noodle soup in a cup.”

Anthony has also heard from other ratepayers who are facing similar retrospective bills.

“One flat-owning lady told me she will have to let the council sell up her flats and she’ll have nothing to retire on because she is facing having to pay $24,000.”

Anthony, a builder who has been struggling to find work, has also been hired to renovate a woman’s house in the wake of the Chronicle story last week.

“I am so grateful to these people but I am also still trying to get landlords like me together to fight this council’s disgraceful attitude to rates and fees and charges.

“They are putting people in the region out of business.”

‘I couldn’t believe the generosity. I opened one and straight away had a chicken noodle soup in a cup’



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