Farmers get raw deal on rates
I FARM a property west of Bolgart in the Toodyay Shire with my husband and sons and upon receiving our rates for 2018/2019 I would like to point out the following.
Last year’s rates for five different neighbouring properties increased by up to 16.8 per cent due to a differential rating system.Read more
I am unsure how Toodyay Shire Cr Ben Bell calculated this year’s 0.6 per cent rate rise for farming properties as quoted in the last month’s Herald.
Our rate in the dollar increased by 0.6 per cent but our unimproved land values also rose by up to 3.4 per cent, and thus our overall rate increase across our farming properties is 2.55 per cent.
This is well above the shire’s advertised rate of 2.2 per cent and similar to rate increases quoted in The Toodyay Herald for other parts of the shire.
The unimproved value of our properties is multiplied by the rate in the dollar to ascertain the total dollar value in rates paid.
Since 2003, rural properties have shouldered a disproportionate increase in rates due to a previous council decision.
When questioned at the time, the council could not provide any evidence of why one part of the shire had become more expensive to administer than another.
This has meant the proportion paid by broadacre properties has risen by about a third and non-rural properties have decreased proportionally.
It has occurred during a time when the number of broadacre farms has decreased and lifestyle properties increased.
I believe that we have and will continue to pay our fair share.