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The Burden of the Rates. WHO BEARS THE BRUNT? Mr. Lloyd George, in his tour of the Carnarvon Boroughs on Friday, showed very convincingly that the Budget will bene- fit the poorest ratepayers—" the man at the bottom "—and that the new valuation which he is responsible for will lead to fairer assessments all round. Speaking at Deganwy the Chancellor answered the various written questions handed up to him. BUDGET AND SMALL PROPERTY OWNERS. First, Mr. Lloyd George said, he was asked whether the Budget was going to in- crease the burdens upon small property- owners. People in this district owning one or two houses," wrote the questioner, have been told that next January they will have to pay extra taxation under the Budget." Like most things said on the other (replied the Chancellor) that is abso- lutely untrue. (Cheers.) People who have new forms to fill up naturally wonder what is going to happen. Hello," they were inclined to say. here is another infernal machine invented to blow up my little pro- perty." (Laughter.) That is not the object of these forms at all. The object is to get a complete '-aluation of the land of the kingdom, for the first time since the days of Williarr, the Conquerer. In Ireland there has been a Government valuation and sever- al revisions, but you have had no valuation in thij country. The result is that assess- ments are very unequal, and the small pro- perty owner has everything to gain by a good, fair, sound valuation. (Cheers.) I' know something about valuation. I had a good deal of exiperience of valuation in the days when I was practising down at Portn-adoc, and before that N,L.cn I was an apprentice we had -many assessment cases, and nothing struck me more than the in- equality of the assessment everywhere, es- pecially for local rating. One 1hing espec- ially struck me. One man who paid to the iull was the owner of a small prroperty. I have never seen a tradesman let off without paying on the full valuation, but I have seen many a mansion let off at a tenth of its value. (Cheers.) INEQUALITIES IN VALUATION. I got a list of the mansions in Carnarvon- shire recently, and compared with the shops which are paying on full value or more than full value they are assessed at something like a fourth or a fifth, some even at a twentieth of their value. (Cheers.) If vou assess the big places too low somebody has got to make it up. Who makes it -up? It is always the same man. The man at the bottom has got to bear the bulk of the burden. I am more concerned for the poor man at the bottom than the man at the top. (Cheers.) My mission in politics is to look after him arid I have gone in for a great valuation in this country as a beginning towards getting some sort of equality and fair play all round. Nobody ought to be let off- Each of us should bear a share of the b'uiden, but i.one of us should bear more than his share. My principle in valuation ls the same as in legislation—fair play all ound. When, we get the complete valua- ion \ye shall have a basis then for re- T the burden of local taxation, an4 I hopa before I have the privilege of meet- inS you agalll there will be such 'a re- adjustment of the burdens of local taxation that you will have gained from this valua- tion and not lost. (Cheers.) Mr. Lloyd George went on to reply to other questions. Imports and exports, he said, had not mere- ly increased in value. They had increased in weight and quantity, and the trade of this wonderful country this year would be the largest ever seen. (Cheers.)

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