Rates could increase 6%

RATEPAYERS will be slugged at least an extra 2.8% in their land rates next financial year following a decision by the Richmond Valley Council.

But ratepayers could be paying 6% more next year if the State Government approves an additional 3.2% increase for the council.

The council approved the rate rise, which Cr Owen Wilson described as an “evil necessity”, at a special meeting on Tuesday.

But according to the president of the Richmond Valley Ratepayers and Residents’ Association, Mavis Mohammed, those priorities did not reflect community concerns and were based on insufficient information.

The Government is expected to make a decision on the additional increase in June.