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Council rates “capping”: Political battle looms

March 24, 2016

Further to my defence of the need for local councils to set their rate level without interference from  North Terrace (especially from the Liberals)  comes a call to arms from the  S.A. Local Government Association.

In a message to all local councillors, the association describes rate capping as “a blunt and unnecessary instrument that has failed councils and communities interstate.”

“We are disappointed by the Liberal Party’s policy to curb Local Government’s ability in assisting in South Australia’s economic recovery”, the message says “The Liberal Party was missing in action on rubble royalties, mandated community housing rebates, Natural Resources Management and the Waste Levy… all state taxes putting pressure on council rates and ratepayers  We need help from political parties to stop the cost shifting from state government, and not add more red tape and hoops for councils to jump through to maintain critical services and infrastructure on behalf of communities..

“We need State Parliament to stand with Councils on economic recovery and job creation and they should stand with us against federal funding cuts. The State Liberals  last week announced their 2036 policy paper, stating they want to partner with Local Government to provide vital infrastructure. Last week they wanted to access to our balance sheets. This week they want to cut off our ability to fund infrastructure.

“POLITICAL PARTIES WOULD BE BETTER PLACED FOCUSSING ON THEIR OWN      CHALLENGES RATHER THAN TELLING US HOW WE CAN RUN OUR COUNCILS AND WHAT IS AND IS NOT IMPORTANT IN OUR COMMUNITIES”.

“Without access to sufficient revenue to deliver community services, council would have to either adopt compromises on community-desired services; reduce maintenance of infrastructure, e.g. lower quality roads; defer part-payment to future generations; or stop providing services expected by the community or by State Governments”.

“Grumpy” would welcome your comments.

 

 

 

 

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 24, 2016 4:04 pm

    The Liberals have got this horribly wrong. And I bet they are not brave enough to change it.
    I enjoy the services provided by Unley Council and accept their rates as reasonable.
    Brownhill Creek needs remedial work and will add a hefty amount to the rates, but it needs to be done.
    Does David Pisoni support this policy. He needs to have a chat to his leader.

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    • March 24, 2016 5:28 pm

      I’m with Anastasia on this.
      This is big brother trying to get elected.
      Mr Marshall needs to have a rethink 😦

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  2. March 24, 2016 5:25 pm

    This is a silly policy by the Liberals. David Pisoni should have had input and fought for his local Council’s case. If the rates are too high, then the residents will vote out the Council.

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  3. March 25, 2016 6:49 am

    Maybe a cap might be sensible.
    You guys are always passing on a rate rise.

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    • March 28, 2016 4:15 pm

      Too right. Rates should be capped to stop the yearly increase.
      It is always more than CPI.

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