First rates notices from Local Land Services in the mailbox
LOCAL Land Services has started issuing its first rate notices following the transition to the new organisation at the start of the year.
Across NSW more than 130,000 rate notices will raise more than $30 million to ensure services are provided to support productive agriculture, natural resources, biosecurity and rural communities.
The chair of Local Land Services Board of Chairs, John Macarthur-Stanham, said ratepayers contributed a statewide average of 24% to regional Local Land Services budgets to ensure important services were maintained.
"Local Land Services has inherited functions from previous bodies, including some agricultural advisory services from the Department of Primary Industries, Livestock Health and Pest Authorities and Catchment Management Authorities, so the services that people have come to expect are still there," Mr Macarthur-Stanham said.
Rate notices are later than usual this year due to required systems modifications.
Rates for 2014 have been based on rates charges in 2013 plus a CPI adjustment. This follows a two-year period of no increases.