Councillors agree on business rate

GRAFTON businesses will not be cut any slack under the Clarence Valley Council’s new rating structure.

The council chamber erupted into debate last night over the six proposed rate structure options, with councillors raising their concerns over the preferred option.

It took the loss of the original motion and two foreshadowed motions before the decision of a differential rating system was agreed on by the majority of councillors.

A foreshadowed motion put forward by councillor Ian Dinham to maintain the ‘yield’ in Grafton businesses was supported by Mayor Richie Williamson and councillors Pat Comben, Ian Tiley and Karen Toms.

“The debate that we have come down to is re-distributing $150,000 from the Grafton business category back to the Grafton business category and moving forward with a rate structure that the council has adopted several times in the past,” Cr Williamson said.

“The notion of fair and equitable rates doesn’t exist, never will and never has. The act says that rates need to be levied on land values, not the ability or inability to do business.”



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