Lismore rate rise in the mail

Lismore ratepayers will soon get a letter explaining what their rates will be if a 3.51% increase was approved above the annual rate pegging.

Council is seeking the rate increase investment in Lismore’s road network, the local environment and promotion of local business.

But before they can get approval for the increase from the state government, they have to undertake a public consultation process.

Residents will be invited to join an online forum where they will have a chance to express their views and ask questions of Council staff.

For residents unable to access the internet, computers and assistance will be available at Council offices and at other locations around the area. Written submissions will also be accepted and there will also be community meetings across the area.

“Any increase in property rates has an impact on all households and businesses and is not a decision that Council will make lightly. We want to make sure that every person in our area has a chance to have their views heard,” Mayor Jenny Dowell said.

“We are committed to getting out into the community to explain the need for the rate increase, to answer all questions and concerns and to hear the community’s views.”

After four weeks of discussion with the community, Council will hold two workshops for residents and another two for the business community.


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