Unprecedented surge in objections to Labor’s land valuations

Objections to land valuations have skyrocketed as the Labor-Greens Government continues its radical revenue raising regime, Canberra Liberals Leader Alistair Coe said.
Under the current trajectory, the number of objections to land valuations will have more than doubled in one year, according to government figures obtained by the Canberra Liberals.
There were 84 objections to unimproved land values in 2017-18. In the 2018-19 financial year to 22 February there have been 138 objections and counting.
“The surge in the number of objections to land valuations is unprecedented,” Mr Coe said.
“Last year we heard the stories of hundreds of businesses who were hit with astronomical rates rises after the government revalued their properties.
“One Phillip business experienced a 300 per cent rates rise over three years.
“Canberra households and businesses are obviously hurting as a result of this government’s unfair taxes,” Mr Coe said.
The average number of days to process unimproved value objections is en route to doubling in 2018-19.
“On average, people are waiting 136 days to have their objections processed, all the while accruing interest on bills that might not have been paid yet because they are being disputed,” Mr Coe said.
“Some people have had to wait up to 274 days to have their complaints dealt with,” Mr Coe said.

Objections received – lodged during 2017-18 and 2018-19 (to 22 February 2019)
Year

Unimproved Values

2017-18

84

2018-19

138

Time (in days) for completion of unimproved value objections that were completed in each financial year
Year

Minimum

Median

Average

Maximum

2017-18

2

54

73

330

2018-19 (to 22/02/2019)

19

148

136

274