Farmers slam rates: Peak body says increases ‘unsustainable’

The main problem is the price of rates is currently tied to the value of land, which doesn’t accurately capture a ratepayer’s capacity to pay . . .

VICTORIAN Farmers Federation (VFF) claims rates on farm land should be removed, in response to “unsustainable” rate increases.

The VFF claims farmers have seen their annual rates notices “balloon by more than seven per cent” and has called for a rethink on the local council rating system. The state’s peak farmer group urged the Victorian Government to abandon rates on farm land altogether, as it believed farmers were shouldering too much of the rates burden.

“The main problem is the price of rates is currently tied to the value of land, which doesn’t accurately capture a ratepayer’s capacity to pay, nor the benefit that they receive from their land,” VFF president David Jochinke said.

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