Residents urged to object valuation increases
AFTER a shocking set of new land valuations, Maranoa landholders are being urged to object to the higher figures to avoid increased council rates and leasehold rents.
AgForce Southern Inland Queensland regional president Robyn Bryant said the valuation increases in the Maranoa region were among the highest in the state, with many properties facing increases of more than 70 per cent and some as much as 100 per cent.
"Unimproved values determine what council rates rural landholders pay and are also used to calculate leasehold rents, so it's important the figures are right,” she said.
"While other shires appear to generally reflect reasonable valuations, there are multiple inconsistencies in the increases in the Maranoa shire and AgForce is concerned the valuations are not reflective of the current market.
"We are also concerned that the mapping of land types used by the State Valuation Service may not accurately reflect what is present on-ground and may have contributed to the valuation problems.
"AgForce is strongly encouraging landholders in the Maranoa shire to put in an objection to clearly demonstrate the new valuations are not acceptable and to push the State Valuation Service into coming up with a solution.”
Mrs Bryant said landholders had less than a month to lodge an objection, with the deadline May 6.
"AgForce believes this issue is so critical for our members that we are making our independent valuer, John Moore, available for free consultations,” she said.
"In the Balonne Shire last year, landholders who were assisted by AgForce saw their valuations decrease by up to 15 per cent. There are significant savings in correcting a value that istoohigh.”
Maranoa Deputy Mayor Jan Chambers said the council could not yet provide a comment on changes to the upcoming financial year's rates and charges, as they were part of current 2018-19 council budget deliberations.
However the council advised residents to lodge their objection if concerned about the level of increase and the basis for it.
Residents can find further details about how to lodge an objection at www.qld.gov.au/environment/land/title/valuation/objections.