A Campaspe Shire ratepayer is urging others to check their rate notices after discovering an anomoly in his rates recently.By Trent Horneman
An Echuca man who believes he has been overcharged on his rates for the past 24 years is urging residents to check their notices.
McKenzie St resident Peter Anderson recently discovered the capital improved value for his property included a $50,000 shed which never existed.
He brought the issue to Campaspe Shire’s attention after questioning a rate rise.
‘‘My wife used to pay the rates until she died a couple of years ago. I noticed my rates had gone up, so I questioned it with the shire and I was given a copy of the valuer’s report which showed the $50,000 shed,’’ he said.
‘‘The rate notice does not itemise what goes into the capital improved value.’’
Since raising the objection with Campaspe Shire, his rates have been adjusted.
Mr Anderson said he was concerned more people were being rated on incorrect capital improved values.
Campaspe Shire’s resources general manager Alan Cochrane said the shire encouraged ratepayers to check their notices.
‘‘Ratepayers are encouraged to review their rate notice when received, this includes the capital improved value and the rating category,’’ he said.
‘‘This is particularly important this year with the introduction of the fire services property levy.
‘‘Staff are available to assist with any concerns and also provide advice on the process of how to lodge an objection, if required.’’
Mr Cochrane said it was important for ratepayers to promptly object if they had concerns as there was a two-month deadline from the date the notice was issued.
‘‘There are strict time limitations for lodging an objection to a rate notice as detailed in the Valuation of Land Act,’’ he said.
‘‘This information is detailed on the reverse side of all rate notices, as well as in the brochure provided with all rate packages.
‘‘The Act provides no mechanism for the lodgement of an out of time objection.
‘‘Any objections received are dealt with by the Independent Valuer, with the outcome advised to the ratepayer and council.’’
Mr Anderson now wonders how long he has been charged higher rates and is seeking clarification and compensation.
‘‘There are no avenues for compensation for not acting on an issue in a rate notice,’’ Mr Cochrane said.
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