Council backflips on special grape rate

WE were rather concerned after reading in the press that Mildura Rural City Council was proposing to impose special rates on grape growers based on the type of grapes they produce, because table grapes are more profitable than the grapes grown for wine making.

We found this idea unreasonable, because applying the rates based on profitability of a product that is already subject to taxation by ATO is inequitable.

 For example: if a restaurateur changes his menu to improve his bottom line, council should not be charging higher rates on his property.

We took up the matter through Ratepayers Victoria Inc to be presented to the Parliamentary Committee in Melbourne.

We are now pleased to have been informed by the council on October 5, that they are not planning to impose a special rate on grape growers.

Phil Douglass,

Ratepayers Victoria Mildura branch president

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