ASSESSMENT COURT—ASHBURTON BOROUGH ROLL.
* « (Before Mr. F. Guinness, Judge.) OBJECTIONS. G. Yincent.—No appearance. Valuation upheld. James Hayward.—Not lodged in time with the Town Clerk. Valuation upheld. G. F. Ritso.—No Valuation upheld. Mr. Jameson Appeared to objeCT to the valuation set against Mr. H. B. Johnston’s name. i f The Mayor objsftted to Mr. Jameson appearing as an agent in the matter, he not being a solicitor. His Worship held that an authorised agent could appear, and he did so knowing that such ruling obtained in other courts. Mr. Jameson then objected to town sections 42, 43, 44, 51, 52, Kcrmode and Dobson streets. The Valuator pointed out for the sake
of comparison that town section 50 was valued at L 6. Mr. Quill’s objection was here beard. His valuation was set down at L 530. Mr. Purnell for objector. The Mayor pointed out that the Act had not been complied with, inasmuch as seven clear days’ notice had not been given. Purnell argued that the intention had Keen substantially complied with inas the objection had been lodged sevebydays before the loth inst. Worship ruled that the objection lodged in good time. The Town Clerk asked if the requirements of the Act were not complied with so far as giving notice was concerned, whether the same ruling would apply. The Judge said the question was a very „ proper one. Mr. Purnell then objected to the valuation of the hotel, as being too high, and that other buildings on the premises had been separately rated, and that the rating value of the whole of the property was L3OO, and not L 530, as set down. Thomas Quill, sworn, deponed that the house, being a large one, was expensive to keep up, as, owing to the number of servants necessary to keep, and the depression of trade the house was not worth more than L3OO, including outbuildings. By the Court —I can’t say what the cost of the hotel was. I never had a legitimate offer for it. The two sections are worth LSOO, and including buildings L 4.000. I consider the building of less value now than it was when I built it. His Worship considered that L 320 would be a fair valuation, which would be the rateable value of the premises, taking the selling value at L 4,000 and deducting the 20 per cent as allowed by the Act would make the net value L 3,200, and he considered 10 per cent on that amount a fair valuation—viz., L 320. The Mayor objected, and called Harry Friedlander, the Valuator for the borough, who valued the property at L 7,000. I value the two sections at Ll*2oo and the buildings at L 5,800, and I consider the annual rental to be L 550. By Mr, Purnell—l have frequently valued sections privately. This is my first occupation as an official valuator. By the Mayor—l have been for two years engaged in buying and selling town sections. Mr. Quill, re-called—The total cost of the building when fit for occupation was L 3,200. It is insured fo r 13,000, but that does not include stock and furniture. The judge fixed the valuation at L 4500, and the rateable value would therefore be L 360. Thomas Quill also objected to be rated at L3O for the occupation of sample rooms in Saunders’ buildings. Valuation upheld. Mr. H. B. Johnstone’s objections were then resumed. Mr. George Jameson deponed that the outside value of the sections was L4O each. J. Wilkie gave evidence that in his opinion the sections were worth Ll2O each. Mr. Jameson said the section on which Bullock’s store was built was sold by himself for Ll5O. The Mayor said Mr. Bullock valued his section adjoining at L3OO, he valued the sections at from LIOO to Ll2O. John Orr estimated the value of the sections at L4O each. By the Mayor—l might give L4O if I wanted them, but not as a speculation. Charles Braddell, Town Clerk, deponed that he had twice been offered L3OO for section 55,. about 18 months ago. I should say the present value is L2BO. Harry-Frftllander, deponed that within 3 for Nos. 48 and 49 adjoining. The valuation was fixed at Ll 3 15s. for the sections. Objections was then taken to sections 434, 474, and 475, Cass and Burnett streets, valued at LSO. Geo. Jameson said I value the corner sections at LllO each. I don’t think Mr. Johnstone would sell at that price. J. Wilkie deponed holding an adjoining section rated at Ll 5, which he considered a fair valuation. The valuation was upheld. Objection was also made to 490,522,54 G, and 587, valued at L 52. Valuation upheld. Also 919, 920, 1,197, 1,199. Valuation reduced from L 34 to L 23. Mr. Jameson objected to the valuation on his grain store, set down at L 350. Reduced to L2BO. Acland, Campbell, and Co. ’s name struck out for Horse Bazaar, and Bullock’s inserted in lieu thereof. Acland, Campbell, and Co., also objected to the valuation of LBO per annum on auction room in Peter street. Altered to LSO by consent. Andrew Woods objected to his valuation, LBO, as being excessive, on T.S. 461. The property was a nine-roomed house on a quarter-acre section, insured for L3OO. His rent was L7O. By the Mayor—l used to pay L9O. It was reduced in Januaiy last to L7O. Reduced to L 56. B. Connolly, on section 446, considered his lean-to over-rated at L2O per annum, and got off with Ll 3. Mitchel and Turner, assessed at L9O, on section 126. Wm. Mitchell said the building did not cost L 250. They were insured for that amount in the Union Insurance Company. Mr. Cox insured them without asking any questions. There are two shops, dwellinghouse, and stable. John -Orr, sworn, considered the valuation at X/90 was the outside value of the property. The value of the buildings as stated at L 250 is too low. They are worth X/175 each. The valuation was reduced to L6O. W. H. Zouch, for the Templar Hall Company, objected to the assessment of LIOO on the building, as it was probable the Court-house would be removed from the Hall. By the Mayor—We get about Ll4O rent a year for the Hall. The Mayor considered that with the deduction of 20 per cent, the actual net rental was Lll7, and asked that the rateable value be increased. The valuation was upheld by the Judge. Parker and Zouch, office- and coal yard, East street, rated at L 45. Reduced to L 24. W. Keall, Wesleyan parsonage, assessed at LBO. Mr. Orr appeared for the trustees, and considered L 65 per annum a fair rental. Reduced by consent to L 65. Orr and Co., rated at LIOO on section 240. Mr. John Orr considered the outside value at LSO. The building cost L 250, and was on a railway reserve, for which we pay a rental of L2O per annum. Valuation fixed at L 65. Thos. Bullock, L 62 10s., for offices in East street. Mr. Bullock objected, as the property was already included in Mr. Gundry’s valuation. Disallowed. Hayes and Co., timber yard, LSO. Reduced to L3O.
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