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Tweed Respect candidate


One of the current cunning crop of Tweed councillors has started to campaign to ‘keep rates low’. Sounds good, but why hasn’t Cr Polglase already done that?

He has been part of the team – sometimes as mayor – that has brought us massive rises in council rates and charges. Could it be that he thinks that ‘the voters are morons’ like his friend Cr Youngblutt?

What about a little respect for the longtime residents whose rates and taxes have paid for the infrastructure that we now enjoy? Why should they be asked to pay more for the new ‘developments’ that Cr Polglase wants to impose on us?

Why should people who have lived in the Tweed for many years be forced to sell their homes because they can no longer afford to pay the rates here?

We need some new people on council. Some fresh thinking. I suggest that longtime ratepayers be entitled to a rates discount based on the length of time they have paid rates. Something more equitable than the tokenistic fixed rates reduction currently allowed to aged pensioners.

For example, once a person – of any age – has paid rates for 10 years they could qualify for a rates discount. Maybe the discount could grow, say half a per cent more per year, to take into account what they have already paid for?

This is what you can expect from Respect: a fair go for existing Tweed residents and business.

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  1. I couldn’t agree with you more,Scott. Perhaps as even more of an incentive to pay rates in full ,rather than quarterly, & on time, rate-payers who do so could be given a small discount on their rates. This happens in some other shires in NSW. I would be far more tempted to pay my yearly rates in full in return for a small discount, than I am to go into a ‘lucky draw’, as currently happens.


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