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CARDIFF RATES. THE OLD AND THE NEW ASSESSMENTS I Special Meeting of the Council A Penny Knocked the Rale. A special meeting of the Cardiff County Council was held at the Town Hall this morning: to sonsider a proposal by the Finance Committee to after the date upon which the general district rate for the period beginning on October 1st, 1896, and ending on March 31st, 1897, be made from October 12th to December 14th, to allow of the rate being made upon the new assessment and valuation of property. Alderman David Jones (deputy mayor) presided. In the absence of Councillor F. J. Beavan Councillor George David said that probably some members of the Council had not quite understood the position. It seemed that at the time that the estimates were completed, and the rate of d recom. mended to the Council, the latter were informed that it would be quite impossible for them to have the now estimates in time for this rate. lb subsequently transpired that the new assessment would be made very much earlier than was originally expected in fact, it was now ready. Thoy were also informed at that meeting of the Finance Committee that there would be an increase of assessment which, after making due allowance for appeals, might be ostimaked at £ 40,000. It had been felt that this was a very large sum, and that it would be desirable to get it and that the best way to achieve this end would be to postpone the making of the rate for a month or two. At that time it was not deemed advisable to reduce the rate, but he (the speaker) had been informed this morning that the figures given to them at that time had been very much underestimated, and that instead of £ 40,000 tho assewment would be increased by L60,000, of course after allowing for appeals and possible reduction in assessment. He (the speaker) felt that under these circumstances the situation had somewhat altered, and Mr F. J Beavan conourred with him in the suggestion that as the assessment was largely increased they would be quite wise not only itt postponing the making of the rate, but in view of the greatly increased assessment of reducing it from Is 4d to 1st 3d. It was a very gmtifying position to find themselves in. and he had great pleasure in moving tha1: this be done. Alderman JACOBS hoped that due and proper regard would be taken of the effect that invariably followed on such occasions, namely, appeals for reiluotion of valuation. Councillor EVANS, in seconding the proposal to postpone the making of the ratu and the reduction from Is 4d to Is 3J, went into some detail re- garding the actual increase in assessmeut that was to be expected. Mr Hedley's valuation had been £ 70,000. Now from -210,000 to P.20,000 of that had been outside the borough, so they might actually, estimate that at £ 40,000 or E50,000, But quite apart from this there was a large increase in somo of the parishes. In St. hry's this could be safely estimated at not les8 than £ 20,000, while in St. John's it was not to be represented by a smaller figure thau 218,000. In Canton and Roath there were, ho was informed, increases similar in proportion. If they reckoned the inerease in Roath as £ 10,000 and in Canton as E5,000, this would give them a total of £ 53,000 independent of Mr Hedley's valuation. If the latter was added thi, would give them a total increase of £ 93,000. On a Is 3t rate this was equal to C5,812 10,4. A penny rate on the whole assessment only amounted to less than 24,000, so that they would on this estimate really be on the riglit side. Councillor JKNKINS ngreed, and AldormanCARhJY pointed out that even if they didn't quite make up the penny rate, they would be able to do it next httif year. Alderman D. JONES thought that the Council wereperfeotly justified in carrying out the pro- posals that had been made. Councillor MlLDON said it was unlikely there would be many appeals that would prove success- ful. It was not so raach a case in which the assessments had been raised :m that they had been utterly neglected since 18S9, and had now been revised. The resolution to postpone tho making of the rate and to reduce it from Is 4d to Is 3d was adopted unanimously.

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