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Business promotion proposed special rate

News Article Date: 
Friday, 3 October 2014

About 1300 Warrnambool businesses will be given an opportunity to have a say on a proposed business promotion special rate.

The special rate, put forward by business advocacy group, Commerce Warrnambool, would raise funds to conduct activities which would promote Warrnambool as a place to live, work, invest, shop and visit.

At its September meeting Warrnambool City Council resolved to propose the special rate.

Council is now in a formal notification process with notices to be sent to affected businesses in the first week of October advising them of the proposed special rate.

“Businesses have an opportunity to object to the proposed special rate,” Chief Executive Officer Bruce Anson said.

“If more than 50 per cent of businesses object to the proposed special rate it will not be introduced.

“If fewer than 50 per cent of businesses object to the proposed special rate then the Council will, at its meeting on December 1, vote on whether to introduce the levy.”

In the event that businesses and the Council support the proposed special rate, it will commence on January 1 and remain in place for five years.

The rate will apply to all rateable properties classified as Commercial and Industrial.

If introduced, the rate would raise an estimated $300,000 annually with a minimum rate per rateable property of $100 and a maximum rate of $300.

Objections can be lodged by the person responsible for paying rates on the property. If this is the building occupier/lessee, the person must provide proof to Council that they are responsible for paying rates (such as a copy of the current lease).

A tick box objection form with a reply paid envelope will be included in the notification sent by Council which can be completed and returned should the ratepayer wish to object to the proposed special rate.

In addition to the objection process, any interested persons may make a submission either for or against the proposed special rate.

These should be addressed to Mr Bruce Anson, Chief Executive Officer Warrnambool City Council, 25 Liebig St, Warrnambool 3280.

Those wishing to make a submission or object to the proposed special rate must do so in writing by 5pm, November 3.

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