Rate increase of 3.6% but...

WHILE some South Grafton businesses will be jumping for joy, those in Trenayr and Junction Hill could be bracing for a big rates hit.

Clarence Valley Council's (CVC) draft budget went on display yesterday and rezoning of the business rating category could see some traders facing increases of up to 100%.

While council has kept the average rate increase to the 3.6% pegging limit set by the State Government, rezoning has meant businesses zoned out with CBD areas, for example South Grafton's industrial area, will receive a reduction.

CVC deputy general manager Rob Donges said council, together with a business rates advisory committee, decided there was distortion in the system that in previous years led to high rates in industrial areas.

"We've taken $140,000 out of the yield for Grafton and South Grafton outside the CBD and distributed that through other business areas."

The decision has caused a stir on Facebook, with some users pleading for rate parity across the region.

"The issue of parity is a hot issue because we have differential rating system," he said.

"When we came together as a council each area paid different rates, say for example Grafton was paying 35% of the total pool, we generally tried to keep them paying that."



The budget can by viewed at clarence.nsw.gov.au or by visiting council chambers

Will you be impacted by rate hikes? Call 6643 0581

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