Trevor snipes at 65% rate hike
By DAVID BANCROFT
TREVOR Baker is not looking forward to his next rates bill.
The last bill he received for his Red Rock property jumped 65 per cent and he is fearful the next one will be much, much worse.
The rate calculation for the 2005 rates notice was based on an unimproved capital property value of $110,000.
But a more recent valuation, done for land tax calculations, shows the unimproved value of his property is now $330,000, suggesting a substantial increase is on the cards again next year.
Mr Baker said he went to a series of meetings in Red Rock and Corindi where representatives of the Coffs Harbour City Council were asked directly about possible rate rises if Red Rock and Corindi remained within the Coffs Harbour boundaries.
"They didn't say anything about these rises ? they dodged the issue," he said.
"This year the rates have gone up 65 per cent. What will it be next year? "It will get to the stage where you can't afford to have a beach house."
Mr Baker, who lives in Grafton and spends time at the Red Rock property and has it available for his children for holidays, said it was becoming an increasing financial burden.
"It will get to the stage where you can't afford to have a beach house," he said.
Mr Baker and his wife bought the Red Rock property in 1977 for $8000.
He said they were now paying more in rates than many people in Coffs Harbour.
"We have no amenities or facilities. Corindi has water and sewerage, which we don't.
"If that happens (Red Rock gets reticulated water and sewerage) we could be paying dou- ble the rates that they are."