Objections to valuations rise sharply
By REN LANZONnewsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au
WHILE recent unimproved land values spiked recently, so too have the number of objections to the increases.
A spokesperson for the Department of Natural Resources Mines and Energy said to date the department had received 178 objections from Gladstone, 83 from Calliope and 89 from Miriam Vale.
The biggest rise in the number of objections came from Miriam Vale with almost five times more objections than in 2003. In that year there were 17 objections to the unimproved land valuations.
Gladstone objections this year nearly tripled those of two years ago when 64 property owners objected.
Objections by Calliope Shire residents more than doubled 2003's 38 objections.
The spokesman said the onus was on property owners to prove the valuations were wrong and only a tiny percentage (0.25 per cent) in the past were successful.
In 2003 objections received from the three council areas were well down from the state total of 1.1 per cent who registered objections to their valuations.
Only 0.6 per cent of Gladstone's total valuation attracted objections and about the same from Calliope's. Miriam Vale Shire objections were a low 0.37 per cent.
No figures of the local percentages of people objecting about this year's valuations were available yesterday. The spokesperson said only 41 of 124 local government areas were valued in 2003. This amounted to 1.054 million properties.
This year 194 shires, or a total of 1.35 million properties, were valued.