Byron Shire rates to increase by 7.5% in 2017

Another motion by Cr Sarah Ndiaye (Greens), proposing a 7.5% special rate variation was passed last Thursday, with an almost unanimous support of 7-2. The motion will see a review of councils rating structure and a possible redistribution between residents, business and farm land.

The 7.5% rise will be a cumulative compounded rise over a 4 year periods, with current average rates of $1,139 rocketing to $1521 by the year 2020/2021.

The decision still needs approval from the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal, which has already confirmed a 1.5% rise across the state of NSW.

Residents of the Byron Shire has spoken against the rise, and have asked councillors to look at other measures to find necessary funds.

Left leaning independent Cr Basil Cameron also put the motion forward to pursue other avenues for revenue from tourism and government grants. 

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