Mildura Council farm rates could be split

SEPARATE differential rates for dryland and irrigated farmland could be considered as part of Mildura Council’s upcoming review of its rating strategy.

Dryland farmers protested in front of the council’s Deakin Avenue chambers last month as councillors formally adopted the 2018-19 Budget, which will see 22.87 per cent more collected in rates from the farming sector.

Some councillors have moved to ease tensions about the farm rate, telling ratepayers the  increased figure was skewed by the soaring value of some horticultural land on the edge of Sunraysia’s  irrigation district.

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