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Rural MHKs against rate reform, says former civil servant

Retired department CEO says rural residents could lose out if changes were brought in

The difference between house prices in rural areas and more urban settings could hinder the chance to reform the Island's rates system.

That's the belief of a retired civil servant, who conducted a rates review during his time in government.

Local authorities across the Island have been setting their rates for the year ahead in recent weeks, with some levying big increases on the ratepayer.

Colin Kniveton, who was a chief executive within two government departments, believes MHKs for more rural constituencies are less likely to support change:

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