Mayor misled public on rates rise: ratepayers association
THE president of the Fraser Coast Ratepayers Association has called on the council to prove how ratepayers will experience a 5% increase in charges in 2013-14.
His comments came after bills began arriving in letterboxes in the past week - and subsequent questions surfaced from ratepayers about the amount of the increase.
An online poll has indicated most readers had increases of between 5.1% and 20 % - while just 8% were billed the 5% extra the mayor promoted.
Fraser Coast Ratepayers Association president Allan Fuary said the time had come for the mayor to explain his claim.
"He's trying to pull a three-card-trick here and it is just not to be allowed to be gotten away with," he said.
"He's allowed to get away with it because few people question him.
"He's totally misled the public by going around telling them it was 5%, totally and utterly misled them."
Mr Fuary said he had compared each category from last financial year to the current one and all had gone up more than 5%.
He said some had increased by more than 20% and many by more than 10%.
"They should be totally and honestly upfront about what the rates rise is," Mr Fuary said.
The Chronicle contacted the council for a response but a spokesman said the council would instead release a statement on Thursday.
How to calculate your percentage rate rise
- Take the difference between last year's rate and this year's rate and divide it by last year's figure then multiply by 100
- Eg. $1200 - $1000 = $200 divided by $1000 = 0.2 x 100 = 20%
Tell us how much your rates have increased
This poll ended on 30 August 2013.
Rates bill was less than for 2012-13
Rates increase of less than 5%
Rates increase of 5%
Rates increase between 5% and 10%
Rates increase between 10% and 20%
Rates increase of more than 20%
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.