LETTER TO THE EDITOR: At these rates, my business will struggle to stay open

STOP THE INCREASES: "We have a record field running for council and none that I know of have a policy to lower rates" - Dave Gray.

STOP THE INCREASES: "We have a record field running for council and none that I know of have a policy to lower rates" - Dave Gray.

I FIND it amazing that rates notices were issued and there was not one comment from a ratepayer of the increases in charges by Orange City Council.

Speaking personally our business rates have increased by a hefty $648 per annum inclusive, which is an approximately 11 per cent increase over last year’s.

What will be their explanation: the valuer general’s department has revalued all the properties in Orange and increasing them?

I know council has a confusing system of working rates out, but an 11 per cent increase to me seems over the odds when inflation is around the 2 per cent mark.

I and all other business owners can’t just put up prices by 10 per cent.

On top of this I choose to live in Orange as well so my house rates have also had a similar increase.

Basically, I need a second job to pay all this imposed upon me, as I have tried pulling it out of my pocket but it is empty.

Remember this affects everybody: businesses, home owners and renters alike.

We have a record field running for council and none that I know of have a policy to lower rates.

We don’t need council acting as developers and using rates to pay for it.

Dave Gray

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