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Rates capping. Chapter 2.

April 4, 2016

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!

The goose from Goyder, aka the Liberal Member Steven Griffiths, is busy letting all and sundry in the area of Local Government know that is was his pleasure in Parliament last week to introduce a bill to amend the Local Government Act 1999   which would place council rates rises under the control of a layer of politics which isn’t exactly known for its sensible handling of the public purse…

Mr Griffiths (who is available on (08)88322455 or email goyder@parliament.sa.gov.au) says that the Liberal Party is committed on council rate capping, designed to ensure  service deliveries to South Australians are as cost efficient as possible, and to ensure that tax increases “do not impact on people’s ability to pay”

.Mr Griffiths says the capping scheme would provide flexibility in allowing individual councils to apply to the Essential Services Commission for a variation above the determined percentage increase with the support of their local communities…subject to a high level of community input.

Perhaps Mr Griffiths and his fellow party members would be better employed rectifying the horrendous financial situation the State is in.

And all the above coming from a life-time Liberal supporter…

 

 

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Ian S permalink
    April 5, 2016 5:48 am

    Most people are cognisant of the fact that state or federal (esp) levels of government are stacked with out of touch, incompetent and unnecessary career politicians. One of those levels has to go. Maybe we could send their jobs to China and India, just like all of the Australian manufacturing jobs and the associated tax base that both parties are so transfixed upon.

    I’m not saying that councils should not be audited and held accountable, or that 4% rate rises are sustainable. A register of voting decisions for each councillor and the outcome of their decisions should be made available at each election for the ratepayers to do their own assessment. That sort of move will go some way to improving transparency and accountability. However, our politicians should also be under the same rules and prove that they have their affairs in order too, that they’re worth our vote and the money that we, Joe Public, have foolishly allowed them to suck out of us, even when they’ve left parliament.

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    • cllrmikehudson permalink*
      April 20, 2016 11:13 pm

      Take a squizz at my item on Unley’s rates-setting farrago.

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