Letters

We need a better way

Ed,
Readers who recently received their 2016/17 rates notices will notice the impact of the temporary 6.5% Council rate rise.
Average residential rates are now $1,109.00.
Average business rates in Grafton and South are now $4,338.
Average business rates in Maclean CBD are now over $2,000.
Average business rates in Yamba CBD are now over $3,100.
Readers may care to reflect on what the ‘preliminary work’ recently undertaken by Clarence Valley Council for a massive and permanent 41% rates rise would do to the above rates and to the Valley if they were allowed to become a reality.
As consistently noted in The Clarence Forum:
The Taxation to Prosperity Pathway is never going to succeed.
We need a better way and we need it soon.
John Hagger,
South Grafton

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