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RATED ON NATIVE LANDS.

A COUNTY COUNCILi PROBLEM. .('By Telegraph.— Own Correspondent.) ■ "HASHLT'ON, "ißis'lay. ■_. A suggestion .was recently made by the Raglan County Council that a conference should be held for the purpose of suggesting some legislation to enable rates on native lands—to -be collected. , Each of "£he~County~Councils wfiich ac yet -have considered the-proposition are favourable to the holding of a confer- . ence, and all members who have spoken , on the matter, recognise that owners of native lands" should" be liable equally with their pakeha". felloe-subjects for , their proportion of, the cost of roads, and bridges, which, add enormously to the value of the lands they hold. At the present time the Council can get judgment for rates owing, but the power to decide as to whether judgment shall be enforced rests witli.the Native Minister. A solution of the- question would be to make unpaid rates'a lien upon the land. The probability is that the rates would not exceed €he increases on-the-value of the land. _-..:

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RATED ON NATIVE LANDS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 77, 31 March 1909

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