Letter: Rates inquiry
I WRITE with regard to Norm Sanford's letter (NM15/12) regarding rates and water charges.
In Mr Sanford's letter he stated that his general rates increased by 25.8%.
This referred to the rate-in-the-dollar increase from 0.6409 to 0.8064.
However the rate-in-the-dollar is just one factor in the calculation of general rates, and this was offset by a decrease of 18% in valuations for Mr Sanford's rating category.
General rates are calculated by multiplying a rating category's total valuation by the rate-in-the-dollar, and when valuations decrease, the rate-in-the-dollar must increase to provide the same level of revenue.
However, the council receives no additional revenue from a revaluation of land.
The total revenue is just redistributed amongst ratepayers, where those whose valuations increase by more than average pay more rates, and those whose valuations increase by less than average pay less rates.
Every ratepayer is responsible for the water pipes within their property and council is not responsible if a property owner experiences a water leak.
The Bundaberg Regional Council is one of the few councils in the state which tries to help people who experience an unexpected water leak, by giving them water leak relief if they comply with council's policy and have their leak repaired promptly.
This saves a valuable community resource.
As Mr Sanford acknowledged, the council provided him with water leak relief of $625 in 2014, as well as providing relief in 2012.
Council plumbers also checked Mr Sanford's water meter to ensure it was recording correctly.
MAYOR MAL FORMAN