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Special Rate comments now being sought

Special Rate comments now being sought

More than 670 businesses in the Swan Hill and Lake Boga areas are now being asked for their views on a proposed Special Rate.

Swan Hill Incorporated has requested that Council continue the Special Rate scheme to fund the promotion and development of the region as a place to live, work, invest, shop and visit.

Mayor Ann Young said Councillors would consider feedback from impacted business owners before making a decision on the Special Rate.

“Council will not make any decision on the rate before we have the views of those who will pay it,” she said.

“Every local business owner and business property owner will receive a letter in the mail over the next few days, detailing the proposal.

“We want to hear from these people – do they support the special rate, do they disagree with it?”

Two public sessions will be held on 13 March where business owners can speak directly to Councillors about their views on the rate. But they must make a formal submission first, and indicate on that submission that they wish to speak.

“Only after we have taken the time to read, hear and consider all submissions will we decide whether to proceed with the special rate, amend it further, or abandon it,” Cr Young said.

The proposed Declaration, including a map of the Special Rate area, are available for inspection at the Council offices at 45 Splatt Street, the Swan Hill Region Information Centre, Lake Boga Post Office and online.

All submissions should be sent to John McLinden, Chief Executive Officer, Swan Hill Rural City Council, PO Box 488, Swan Hill VIC 3585. They can be posted, or emailed to council@swanhill.vic.gov.au

Business owners in smaller and more isolated areas will also receive a letter explaining that they are no longer required to pay the Special Rate.

Key dates
Friday 1 March, 5pm – Submissions to Council close.

Wednesday, 13 March, 3pm and 6pm – public sessions for Councillors to hear from submitters.

Tuesday, 16 April – Ordinary Council Meeting where Council will consider declaring the Special Rate.