Rates Revolt- Words of Wisdom

Letter to Editor (yes another) Cyril Gilfedder, former Registrar High Court.

To clarify what I have already said about the rates revolt (it would be terrible if this was a poorly researched site eh Calvin).

“If payment is delayed until the last day for payment, then it may have a minor impact on council cash flow. If so, council borrows and ratepayers pay. If payment is delayed until after due date, legislation provides that the ratepayer is liable for penalties and, depending when paid, debt collection with court costs, solicitors fees, judgement, interest, publication in the Mercantile Gazette, loss of credit worthiness and, if one wants to be absolutely stupid, the sale of the property…

To be successful with any appeal, the appellant needs to have good grounds. Appeals cost heaps of money and the loser pays. Here we have ratepayers vs ratepayers. So who wins? the only winners are consultants and lawyers.”

Not a lot to be said about it, other than heed the advice from someone who has seen a lot in the courts system, and realise that dear leader isn’t even partaking in the rates revolt – now I wonder why?

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One response to “Rates Revolt- Words of Wisdom

  1. Elizabeth Kerr

    Today ODT said ‘anti-stadium rates protesters top 50’.

    46 people have cancelled their direct debit authorisations – according to DCC there was no indication they haven’t paid their rates.

    Another four people (pitiful really) have written to the council saying they are withholding their rates as a protest against stadium funding.

    The revolt you have when you’re not having one.
    Something tells me same will apply to StS’s appeals to Environment Court.

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