Local ratepayers association gives approval to council
THE recent approval of the special rate variation for Richmond Valley Council has been met with cautious agreement from the local ratepayers association.
The President of the Richmond Valley Rate Payers Association, Mavis Mohammed, said it was time for the rates to be increased.
"We did agree with it at the time because we had stopped the rates a couple of times," she said. "If you want things done that have got to be done, then they (council) have to have money to do it."
Ms Mohammed said the association expected the money raised from the rate rise, $7.3 million over the next five years, would be spent on roads, footpaths, extra car spaces in Casino and drains.
"When we looked at the Community Strategic Plan, we didn't agree with the idea of an amphitheatre on the riverbank or planting trees at the entrances to town," she said. "We did get our public toilet, which we have been in a battle for that for five years.
"We were told two years ago it was in the budget."
While Ms Mohammed admitted some people would struggle to pay their rates, she remained philosophical.
Council general manager John Walker confirmed the additional funds would be exclusively allocated to roads, council-owned and managed facilities and parks, and river
front improvements in Casino and Coraki.
The extra you can expect to pay in 2014-15, according to IPART figures:
Ordinary residential rates $86
Rural residential rates $71
Business rates $244
Farmland rates $140