View of differential rate history disputed

Mildura Rural City Council  never had a farming differential rate until current councillors introduced a 95 per cent farming differential rate in 2014/15 budget.

Before that budget, council had a general rate for everyone in the municipality and a drainage charge for townspeople. 

This was not a farming differential. Kevin Smith’s claim (“Differing views on differential rate”, Sunraysia Daily,  October 12) that councillors removed a farming differential rate is untrue. 

I would have thought as a former manager of financial services at MRCC he was aware of that. 

Rate rises were previously 6 per cent and over and predicted to stay that way well into the future. Current councillors have reduced rate rises to 2.5 per cent.

Jill Joslyn,

Mildura Council candidate

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