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Rockhampton Real Estate Rate Concessions Announced

By David Bell

Owner-occupiers of real estate in Rockhampton may benefit from lower rates if the council adopts the upcoming budget by mayor Margaret Strelow.

The budget will be presented on June 12 and Rockhampton Regional Council claims concessions could affect a number of people who own and live in their home.

"Council officers have been working to filter our records to try to identify as many of the 'owner occupier' properties as possible, but we know that our records will not be perfect in the first year," Ms Strelow said.

While the mayor is yet to reveal how much the concessions are worth, she did say residents will be able to change residential categories as quickly as possible should they be placed in the wrong group.

"We will be 'standing by' to reissue rates notices as soon as the statutory declaration or other proof of residence is received," she explained.

However, Ms Strelow made it clear that ratepayers will not pay less money on rates than they did last year.

Instead, there will be two different rate increases – a concessional rate for owner-occupiers and a steeper one for those that fail to meet the requirements for the reduced charge.

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