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Why a Sydney council wants to increase rates by almost 50 per cent | The Sydney Morning Herald

Apartment owners in the Sutherland Shire face an almost 50 per cent hike in rates as councils across Sydney seek to narrow the gap in average rates paid for apartments compared with houses.

Sutherland Shire Council has asked the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal to approve an increase in minimum rates from $602.30 to $900 – a huge rise compared to the maximum increase of 2.7 per cent permitted by the pricing regulator.

A council spokeswoman said most apartment owners in the Sutherland Shire paid minimum rates, which are less than half the $1482 levied on other residential properties, yet all residents are provided equal access to council services.

“An increase in the minimum rate will see the gap between average rates paid for apartments compared to houses reduce,” she said.

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