Home owners' rates bill pain could have been worse

There will be pain, but it could have been worse.

Home owners will soon be getting their first rate notices for the new financial year from Byron Council and they will be paying more than last year. But because the council this year didn't apply for a special increase, as it has in previous years, ratepayers will only face the State Government-approved rise of 3.5 percent.

Even so, property owners in Brownell Drive, Wategos Beach, will face a typical rates bill of $8117, compared with $7834 the previous year, and at Childe Street, Belongil Beach, it will be $8248 ($8050).

Other typical rates, with last year's rates in brackets, include:

Cowper Street, Byron Bay $2303 ($2211); Sunrise Blvd, Byron Bay $1644 ($1573); Teak Circuit, Suffolk Park $1636 ($1566); Beachside Drive, Suffolk Park $2360 ($2266); Balemo Drive, Ocean Shores $1550 ($1482); Tongarra Drive, Ocean Shores $1735 ($1661); Mia Court, Ocean Shores $1751 ($1676; River Street, New Brighton $2179 ($2090); Keith Street, Bangalow $1602 ($1533); Poinciana Street, Mullumbimby $1531 ($1464); Excelsior Court, Brunswick Heads $1531 ($1464); Booyun Street, Brunswick Heads $2303 ($2211).

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