Rockhampton Regional Council's chief executive, Evan Pardon.
Rockhampton Regional Council's chief executive, Evan Pardon. Allan Reinikka

Rocky council new rates category not penalty but concession

THE new rating category was designed not as a penalty for non-owner occupiers, but as a concession for owner-occupiers, Rockhampton Regional Council chief executive officer Evan Pardon, said yesterday.

"Consequently, this new category is not just applicable to investment property owners," he said.

"Should this not have been introduced, it would have meant an additional 2.5% increase in rates for owner-occupiers."

Mr Pardon said the council was not in a position to discuss individual rates for privacy reasons.

Following de-amalgamation, some hard decisions had to be made.

"With this in mind, the approach to introduce this new rating category was done as just one of many initiatives," he said.

"The practice follows that undertaken by many other local authorities in Queensland."

It was important for people to understand that rates were complex and everyone's situation was different.

Anyone with questions should phone 1300225577 or 49329000.



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