The issue last week reached the Supreme Court, with Brisbane Assoc for Ratepayer Equity (BARE – and no, they’re not nudists!) lodging a challenge to BCC’s legal position. Visit BARE’s website for more on their campaign. As you’d expect there’s claims the group are stacked with Newman’s political opponents but our feeling out in “ratepayer land” is this issue is touching a sizable nerve, regardless of people’s politics. BCC has been criticised for secrecy surrounding the method of calculating rises, so have a look at their website to see if you can work it out! A random sample of our landlord clients show January rates rises range from 17% (St Lucia) up to a whopping 55% increase (Hamilton) on the same quarter in 2008.
Regardless of the outcome in this new court action the issue’s likely to haunt Council for some time to come.