03 FEBRUARY 2020
Canberra apartment owners are being punished for helping drive the ACT’s economic growth as the territory government “robs Peter to pay Paul” by increasing rates, according to the leader of the ACT’s peak strata body. Strata Community Association ACT president Chris Miller made those comments after the territory government revealed it had no immediate plans to overhaul its rating system, despite calls from a bipartisan Legislative Assembly committee and affected unit owners to do so. Owners Corporation Network head Gary Petherbridge has also criticised the government’s lack of action, telling The Canberra Times in January that the community was being ignored. During its inquiry into how changes to rates and land tax calculations had affected unit owners, the ACT Legislative Assembly public accounts committee received 98 submissions, with almost all of them opposed to the changes.
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