Shock over rates rise

IT'S that time of year again when reaching into the letterbox comes with a sense of dread, knowing there is every chance a rates notice will be lurking inside.

And for many Southern Downs homeowners, what they are pulling out of that envelope is a bill that has grown sizeably in a year.

Killarney ratepayer Jenny Crook said she was shocked to see a $325 rate rise on last year's.

"We live next to the Condamine River in the main street of Killarney," Mrs Crook said.

"We were affected by the recent floods of 2010 and 2011 and we had lost of lot of soil (creek bank) due to flooding.

"We kind of feel as though we are paying rates on land we don't even have anymore."

Killarney was listed as having the highest weekly increase in the Southern Downs.

"When our land valuations came out our land value had gone up $25,000 which is strange for a flood area," Mrs Crook said.

"We'd be very lucky if we were able to sell given our position."

The Daily News put a shout-out on Facebook to see if anyone had been hit hard by the rates hike and the consensus was that most were unhappy with the $200-$400 hike.

Stacey Thompson said she could not understand why Warwick rates were so high.

"It's funny. Rates at a place like Burleigh Heads are $600-$1000. Why is Warwick so bloody expensive and how do they come to that figure?" Ms Thompson commented.

Another disappointed homeowner, Rebecca Mundey, said she was annoyed to see an extra $400 added to her bill.

"We live in the outskirts of town and get no services, road still has places were it drops off the bitumen 30cm down since the floods that still haven't been fixed," Ms Mundey said.

"Yet we have some of the most expensive rates in Queensland."

Another Warwick homeowner Ray Black said the rates hike was "utterly ridiculous".

"Why would you bother wanting to own your house here with the rate prices this high," Mr Black said.


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