Helen Martin is angry about a 19% increase in her rates bill.
Helen Martin is angry about a 19% increase in her rates bill. Max Fleet

Rates hike shocks locals

HELEN Martin lives at Sharon, and she is still in a state of disbelief about the increase in her general rates bill.

Mrs Martin said her general rates rose by 19%.

“That's huge, and for what? Nothing,” she said.

“The only service we get is garbage removal.

“There's no water, no street lights, no kerb and channelling.”

Mrs Martin said the council blamed the rate rise on an increase in the valuation of her land.

“It's not supposed to affect your rates that much — it's crazy,” she said.

Mrs Martin said all her neighbours, who had found similar increases in their rates bills, were complaining.

She said Bundaberg Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch had announced an average general rates rise of 6%, so she got a surprise when hers was much bigger.

“I feel like getting last March's rates bill, adding 6% to it and paying that,” she said.

She said she believed many people did not keep their rates bills so they had no way of comparing them.

Mrs Martin is also upset no one from the council had contacted her after she went in to complain.

“I went in last Thursday and they gave me a reference number and said someone would contact me on Tuesday,” she said yesterday.

“I still haven't heard from them.”



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