Pyrenees Shire residents are catching a break as 2018-19 rates notices issued by council this month saw rate charges drop by nearly $100.
The average residential rates and charges payable across the shire have decreased from the average $1475.31 in 2017-18 to $1384.96 for 2018-2019.
It’s not such good news for local farmers as the average farm rates and charges have increased by almost $200, with the new rate set at $2901.92 compared to the average $2714.68 in 2017-18.
Pyrenees Shire Council mayor David Clark said farm rates have increased due to recent valuations.
“The rates and charges have increased as a result of the increased valuations in the 2018 revaluation. The farming differential remains at 80 percent of the general rate,” he said.
For more on this story see Page 9 of The Advertiser, Friday, August 31.