Coo-EEE Rally to address rates

RATES refusenik Terry Martin and his wife, Claire, will be the guest speakers at tonight’s Coo-EEE Rally public meeting at Club Coffs at 7pm.

He has been refusing to pay what he calls ‘council taxes’ for four years because he argues that local government has no constitutional power to collect taxes and rates are taxes.

He says Bellingen Council might call their rates a ‘fee for service’ but he gets no town water, sewerage or garbage collection to his property on Snows Road, so he needs to pay no fee.

CooEEE Property Rights meeting organiser Jeanette Jones said the agenda for tonight’s meeting would include Coffs Harbour City Council’s Draft Open Space Strategy, which is on public exhibition until June 7; the revised Draft Priority Habitats and Corridors Strategy, which was withdrawn from the last Coffs Harbour City Council meeting agenda and the proposed seven per cent rate rise for Coffs Harbour ratepayers, made up of the approved CPI increase of 3 per cent and an application for an extra 4 per cent to cover proposed flood mitigation work.



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