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The Premier has just given an explanation of the effect «f clanse 95 of the Property Assessment Act, 1885, rendered necessary bv the obtusaness oi the officials o t tnat department. It seems that aMr Phillips. of Auckland, was the owner of a freehold property that for some time past has been vainly endeavoring to for £21%, X&e district assessor, without in any way communicating with the owner, returned this property as worth £3OO, which Mr Phillips, considering much too high, strongly objected to, and notified Commissioner Spebeey, under clause 95, that the Depart ment must either reduce its assessment to £220 or take over the property. The Property Tax Commissioner replied that he was willing to accept a reduction to £250, but Mr Phillips, acting on ndvice which, as the sequel shows, was thoroughly reliable, stood his ground, and demanded that the reduction he had originally applied for should be allowed. The next step taken by the Department was unquestionably ultra vires, as reference to the context of the section will show. The Commissioner claimed that he could remit the matter in dispute to the local Board of Reviewers for decision ; but the reply of the Premier, with whom Mr Phillips, smarting under a sense of the harassing treatment he was being subjected to, communicated, is very explicit. “ |r Habby wired“ If you are prepared to 41 sell your property for the £220 you have 4 ‘ only to adhere to that offer, and the Lom--41 missioner must either take it or reduce his 41 valuation to that amount. You have no “need to go before the reviewers, or take “ any notice of their sitting, further than “ that you must, within ten days after they 4 ‘have reported upon your case, give the “‘Property Tax Commissioner notice tnat he 41 must take your property at £220 or reduce “ the valuation. He must do the one or the ■“ other.—H. A, Atkinson.’*

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THE PROPERTY TAX-, Evening Star, Issue 7906, 14 May 1889

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THE PROPERTY TAX- Evening Star, Issue 7906, 14 May 1889