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    Default More council rates rubbish as bills set to skyrocket and bleed you dry

    Perhaps all is not so good on the other side of the ditch as some people try to make out it is.
    More council rates rubbish as bills set to skyrocket and bleed you dry

    • Vikki Campion Urban Affairs Reproter and Andrew Carswell Business Reporter
    • From: The Daily Telegraph
    • July 02, 2010 12:00AM

    Councils have got the green light to bleed ratepayers dry ... with rates set to rise. Picture: Cameron Richardson Source: The Daily Telegraph
    STRUGGLING householders who have already put the brakes on their spending now have another costly burden to bear - council rates are set to skyrocket.
    Ratepayers across NSW will face bills of more than $1000 a year after councils lifted rates past 10 per cent.
    Local Government Minister Barbara Perry's decision to allow 28 councils to charge above the 2.6 per cent rate cap came despite councils widely coming under fire for "farcical" public consultation. The hike comes hot on the heels of increases in gas and electricity and amid a dangerous slowdown in consumer spending.
    Official data released yesterday showed Australian consumers - hit by a wave of financial pressure, rising living costs and steady interest rate rises - are keeping their wallets firmly in their pockets.
    Even a countrywide sales bonanza hasn't been enough to entice wary shoppers from their cocoon, with official retail sales figures showing Australians have dramatically reined in their spending.
    Fashion has been the biggest victim. In the space of a year, spending in department stores has dropped 5.8 per cent, while spending on clothing, footwear and fashion accessories fell 3.6 per cent.
    One economist said yesterday consumers were on strike.
    "It's depressing for retailers when their income from sales is decreasing while their expenses from wages are increasing due to the first phase of the modern award transitions and new minimum wage starting today," Australian Retailers Association director Russell Zimmerman said.
    Meanwhile, local councils were caught out spending up to $25,000 on "window dressing" rate rises on websites, glossy brochures and controlled meetings in five-star hotels where small numbers of people are fed and even paid before voting on a rate rise.
    Blue Mountains, Camden, Kiama, Sutherland and Ku-ring-gai residents will see the average rates bill rise to more than $1045 a year.
    Greater Taree and Port Macquarie residents suffered the worst, with an increase of 7.4 per cent or an average $81 to $84 on top of $700 rates bill.
    Queanbeyan, Ballina and Kogarah residents will have to find an extra $50 to $60 per year to bring their total bills to up to $900 a year.
    "Each application for a rate variation was assessed on its merits," Ms Perry said.
    Local Government Association president Genia McCaffery called for rate pegging to be scrapped.
    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/new...-1225886880480
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    Blue Mountains, Camden, Kiama, Sutherland and Ku-ring-gai residents will see the average rates bill rise to more than $1045 a year.
    Greater Taree and Port Macquarie residents suffered the worst, with an increase of 7.4 per cent or an average $81 to $84 on top of $700 rates bill.
    Queanbeyan, Ballina and Kogarah residents will have to find an extra $50 to $60 per year to bring their total bills to up to $900 a year.

    the numbers don't look so scary to me...
    have you defeated them?
    your demons

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    That is Australian dollars.
    "There's one way to find out if a man is honest-ask him. If he says 'yes,' you know he is a crook." Groucho Marx

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    They don't hold back on the headlines over there do they?

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    Quote Originally Posted by muppet View Post
    That is Australian dollars.
    That's still not scary. You should see what rates cost in Wellington!

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    They've been bleeding us dry in the Hutt for years Swap my rates for yours - Aussie dollars or not!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jumpin View Post
    They've been bleeding us dry in the Hutt for years Swap my rates for yours - Aussie dollars or not!
    Just move in to Wellington - problem solved


 

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