The Court of Final Appeal handed a major victory to Hongkong Electric yesterday. The top judges unanimously ruled that government rates did not have to be paid on properties under construction.Wednesday, 22 June, 2011, 12:00am
Green group encourages schools to curb use of air conditioners5 Apr 2010 - 12:00am
I wrote to these columns last December about a rebate of government rates ('Rates waiver is for tenants').
Lawmaker David Li Kwok-po referred to this topic in a Legislative Council meeting, but there was no further debate on the matter in the chamber.5 Dec 2008 - 12:00am
More than 470 native-English-speaking teachers have demanded a hefty increase in their special allowance in a petition sent to Education Secretary Michael Suen Ming-yeung yesterday.24 May 2008 - 12:00am
The government's grip over more than HK$1.2 billion in disputed rents appears to have solidified with the Lands Tribunal having approved its method for calculating the amount owing for development sites.26 Feb 2008 - 12:00am
The Liberal Party called on the government to cut profits tax rates and raise welfare payments when it unveiled its district council election platform yesterday.
The party plans to field 60 candidates in the November 18 elections but will not announce the list until next Sunday, the day before the two-week nomination period closes.8 Oct 2007 - 12:00am
Private home owners are expected to pay 4 per cent more in rates in the next financial year because of rising rents.
Those who own large flats can expect to pay even more because the rental value of such properties has risen sharply over the past year.25 Feb 2007 - 12:00am
People owning more than 30 square metres should pay levy, says institute
The central government should levy property rates only on those owning more than 30 square metres, said a research institute attached to the mainland's top planning agency.6 Feb 2007 - 12:00am
Property owners in Hong Kong have submitted 62,000 objections to the government during this financial year about the assessment of their new rateable values, the Commissioner of Rating and Valuation, Lo Hing-chung, said.
Only 4,570 of the objections, or more than 7 per cent, resulted in a drop in the rateable value. The average reduction was about 11 per cent.27 Dec 2006 - 12:00am
Nearly two-thirds of homeowners will see their bill for rates and government rent rise by an average of $40 a month after the latest revaluation exercise.
Financial Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen said the rateable values of properties, based on the rents owners could charge if they let them, had fallen by an average of 39 per cent since 1999-2000.17 Mar 2005 - 12:00am