Residents hail rates reprieve
RESIDENTS affected by the supplementary rates saga are cautiously celebrating, after the council's decision to drop the charges in a special meeting on Thursday.
While residents haven't had much time to celebrate the outcome, they are already beginning to look at other areas of concern arising from the issue.
Warner St resident Margaret Collins said while the rate side of things was taken care of, she still had a number of other concerns.
"There are supposed to be new valuations due in February - when are we going to be advised?" she said.
"I've been told I will not have to pay a cent in supplementary rates charges."
Although residents have been advised they won't owe any money, many still have questions about how the issue came to be.
Raylene Swain, who also lives in Warner St, said she had major concerns about the Local Government Act.
"The Local Government Act is quite worrying," she said.
"The really scary thing is there's going to be another revaluation soon."
As the gripe with council eases, residents now have their eyes on the Department of Natural Resources and Mines, which is in charge of property valuations.
Warner St resident of 50 years Kate Keogh said the group intended to pursue greater transparency in the valuation process.
"The department has said that when they did the valuations they had consultations with landowners," she said.
'We'd like to know who they had consultations with."
The group of residents said they were thankful for the support they had received from the community.
"We've had wonderful support with the petition we signed - at least 150 people," Mrs Collins said.
Mrs Keogh said she was very pleased with how everyone played a part and also offered her thanks to the council for resolving the issue.
"I want to thank the councillors who supported us and the truth of the situation," she said.
"Hopefully council learns to respect us more next time."