Maranoa landholders urged to challenge massive valuation hikes
Tuesday, 10 Apr 2018

Maranoa landholders are being urged to object to the Queensland Government’s new land valuations to avoid paying more in council rates and leasehold rents than they should.

AgForce Southern Inland Queensland Regional President Robyn Bryant said the valuation increases in the Maranoa region were among the highest in the state, with many properties facing increases of more than 70 per cent and some as much as 100 per cent.

“Unimproved values determine what council rates rural landholders pay and are also used to calculate leasehold rents, so it’s important the figures are right,” she said.

“While other shires appear to generally reflect reasonable valuations, there are multiple inconsistencies in the increases in the Maranoa shire and AgForce is concerned the valuations are not reflective of the current market.

“We are also concerned that the mapping of land types used by the State Valuation Service may not accurately reflect what is present on-ground and may have contributed to the valuation problems.

“AgForce is strongly encouraging landholders in the Maranoa shire to put in an objection to clearly demonstrate the new valuations are not acceptable and to push the State Valuation Service into coming up with a solution.”

Mrs Bryant said landholders had less than a month to lodge an objection, with the deadline 8 May.

“AgForce believes this issue is so critical for our members that we are making our independent valuer, John Moore, available for free consultations to assist in the objection process,” she said.

“In the Balonne Shire last year, landholders who were assisted by AgForce saw their valuations decrease by up to 15 per cent so it is well worth your while lodging an objection. There are significant savings in correcting a value that is too high.”

Landholders can contact AgForce on 07 3236 3100 to book a consultation while details on 2018 valuations and the objections process are available on the State Valuation Service’s website at www.qld.gov.au/environment/land/title/valuation/annual

Media Contacts: Scott Whitby 0418 733 102, Sarah Henderson 0427 626 853
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