Byron Shire councillors have requested a report on reducing commercial ratings and/or the re-categorisation to residential ratings for bed-and-breakfast establishments (B&Bs).
The motion by Mayor Barham and Cr Staples came after Wendy Hochgrebe addressed Council in morning access last Thursday. Mrs Hochgrebe and her husband Tim operate the B&B Planula, located on Melaleuca Drive, Byron Bay.
She said she spoke on behalf of eleven B&B operators.
‘Unlike holiday letting, we are a legal business; we have to comply with parking, disability access etc. In these hard economic times we are hoping our rates can be reviewed.’