Queanbeyan Councillors met last night to put an end to the town’s eight-month backdated rates fiasco and quashed $3.7 million of rates invoices issued in July.
Ratepayers had been awaiting a review of the legal situation from a Senior Counsel (SC) to advise on the legality of withdrawing the notices. That advice is now with Council and formed the basis of last night’s decision.
Mayor Tim Overall’s motion before councillors noted that the advice, provided by SC John Robson, found that “the charges were invalidly levelled- being not in strict compliance with the [Local Government] Act.” Read the full Queanbeyan Age story here.
Congratulations to our lawyers working on this matter and to the Queanbeyan Ratepayers Association for their successful outcome.