Gidgegannup Progress Association urges City of Swan ratepayers to attend annual electors meeting at Midland Town Hall

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RURAL ratepayers concerned about the City of Swan rate review are urged by the Gidgegannup Progress Association to attend an annual electors meeting on Tuesday night at Midland Town Hall.

The council has asked ratepayers to review whether their property is used for agricultural use, leaving residents concerned the rate review could lead to an increase in rates and open up the possibility of subdivisions.

Non-rural land is rated on gross rental valuation and about 4000 residents in the City are on hobby farms rated on unimproved valuation (UV).

Gidgegannup Progress Association chairperson Sally Block said most properties in the area are hobby farms run by people who choose to live a rural environment.

“We are hoping that there will be a large number of rural ratepayers attending this meeting to put motions regarding the review,” she said.

The public meeting will begin at 5.30pm.

Swan acting chief executive Mark Bishop has previously said a change in rating could impact the annual charges.

He said the last review of all UV rated properties was undertaken in 2007 and updating the information ensured rating policies were equitable across the City.

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