2.75 per cent rate rise for Ballarat residents defended

May 27, 2024 11:37 am in by
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Mayor of Ballarat, Des Hudson, has defended last week’s decision by the majority of councillors to back a 2.75% rate rise.

The move, along with new assessments and supplementary valuations, with see council collect an extra $7 million in rate revenue.

However, in the nearby city of Ararat, rate payers will get a zero per cent rise for the 7th time.

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Compared to Ballarat, Cr. Hudson says in terms of the average rate per property in the smaller shire of Ararat Rural City is around $2,000.

“They’re listed as 21st in the state in terms of highest to largest [whereas] Ballarat, as a regional city, comes in at 25,” he said.

“Per residential property, Ararat is actually a dearer rate.”