Terminate membership of the Municipal Association Victoria

17/11/18
I refer to the Supreme Court case Lake V Municipal Association of Victoria.
Also why should ratepayers pay for services that Ratepayers do not receive any benefit??
Whittlesea Council and several other councils have withdrew their membership of the MAV, (Municipal Association Victoria)
This in our opinion would make Cr Lalios of the Whittlesea Council is ineligible to continue as President or a representative of the Whittlesea Council as they are no longer a financial member of the MAV
However Monash Cr Lake decided that she should remain as president for the contractual term of her appointment and took the case to the Supreme Court.
Mr Lake is suing the MAV for his costs in this matter, again whether he wins or loses it ratepayers funds.
Whether Cr Lalios is eligible to remain as a member of the board is a matter for the court to decide.
“As Mornington council found out council insurance can be obtain at private insurance companies a lot cheaper than the MAV” can provide
Ratepayers Victoria is of the opinion that the MAV does not represent Ratepayers or make any decisions that would benefit Ratepayers, therefore all councils should consider terminating their membership of the MAV.
Although Councils have funds, these funds and assets belong to the ratepayers, why should ratepayers pay for services that do not benefit ratepayers??
Why the MAV get funding from the Federal and State Governments has to be a big “ why “ ??
Ratepayers Victoria consider that this is another example of ratepayers money not been spend wisely by some councils using the MAV for their council insurance. Councils are elected to represent the ratepayer and spend their hard earned rate payments wisely .RPV can assure all councils in Victoria that the ratepayer groups in Victoria are now preparing for council elections in November 2020
RPV request that all local councils consider terminating their Financial MAV membership and insurance

Jack Davis
President

A State Royal Commission or a parliamentary inquiry

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A State Royal Commission or a parliamentary inquiry (like for example the Federal Commission into banks) will allow all including Ratepayer groups, ratepayers, members of the community, councils and other organisations to speak up and put forward their concerns which would be reported on by the independent chairperson of the Commission or inquiry.

This is different to what occurred with the proposed new Local Government Act where the submissions were considered by the Department of Local Government and its selected panel of only council people with which we have serious concerns about their total independence from local government. For example, the director responsible in the government department was a CEO of Knox council and therefore his decisions could not help but be influenced by his one sided Council knowledge and experience.

Local Councils are out of control their history over the past years is appalling, the state government has done nothing to protect the right of Ratepayers and resident of Victoria.
Jack Davis
President
Ratepayers Victoria Inc.

Mayors cash in on rise

Mayors and councillors cash in on rise
Dozens of Victorian Mayors will enjoy annual allowances and superannuation’s payments of more than $100,000 under pay rises approved by the state Government.
But the highest-paid elected local government official is Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp whose annual allowance plus super will jump to $215,639 from December 1.
Ms Capps deputy Arron Wood will earn $107,819 and their Councillors will be paid $49,325 each under a 2 per cent rise gazetted by the local government minister Marlene Kairouz.
It can be revealed City of Melbourne ratepayers jumped up $65,658 in airfares hotels and other expenses for Councillors over the past year.
Trips included $11,181 for a Councillor to attend an “intelligent community forum global summit” in London and $24,000 for 2 Councillors to take part in a business mission to China and Japan.
The council has previously said local and international travel was integral to capital City Councillors representing the interest of “citizens and stakeholders” with trade and travel missions delivering millions of dollars in investments for Melbourne.
But Ratepayers Victoria vice president Frank Sullivan said councils must be more accountable for the overseas trips taken by Councillors.
“We are concerned that there is little or no accountability” he said.
Mr Sullivan also called for the state government to appoint an independent body to make a fair and just assessment of the level of councillor’s allowances.
Under the latest pay rise Mayors from 24 top-tier, or category three councils will see their pay go up by $1931 to $98,465 plus super 9.5 per cent in super payments. Ordinary Councillors will get up to $30,827 a year plus super.
These Councillors include big metro ones such as Boroondara, Frankston, Moreland, Port Phillip and Whitehorse and regional ones including Ballarat, Greater Bendigo and Surf Coast.
Allowances for Mayors at category two councils –including Bayside, Hobsons Bay, Manningham, La Trobe, Mildura and Wangaratta – rise to $79,612 plus super, WITH COUNCILLORS GETTING UP TO $25,730.
Category one Councillors Mayors will get $61,651 and Councillors up to $20,636, plus super.
City of Greater Geelong Mayor Bruce Harwood will get $107,819 including super, from next month, while his deputy Peter Murrihy will get $33,755.
John Masanauskas@news.com.au editoral Page 8

Ratepayers president Jack Davis stated that we can now expect more increases in local government rates
In spite of our concerns raised with the Minister for local government Marlene Kairouz. who has ignored the hundreds of complaint and concerns raised by ratepayers about the abuse of the Local government act by Councillors
Rate rises of between 40% to 100% are common.

This is proof the labor minister Marlene Kairouz is not interested in ratepayers concerns.
We urge Ratepayers at the State election to express their concerns

Group Membership list edited Novenber 2018

Ratepayers Victoria Inc
Membership List
Aiming to be the peak advocacy body for all Victorian Ratepayers,we encourage
the formation of new Ratepayers Associations from various cities.
To Date we are proud to be affiliated with the following groups

Updated April 2018

3228 Residents association inc (Torquay)
Ararat Rural City Ratepayers Association
Bairnsdale Ratepayers
Bass Coast Ratepayers and Residents Association Inc.
Baw Baw Shire Ratepayers & citizens Association
Bayside Ratepayers
Bendigo Greater Ratepayers Assoc.
Boroondara Ratepayers
Cardinia Ratepayers
Casey resident and Ratepayers ASS.
Central GoldFields Ratepayers
Colac Otway Ranges Ratepayers & residents
Darebin Ratepayers
East Gippsland Shire Ratepayers
Fawkner Residents Association
Frankston Save our Suburbs
Geelong Ratepayers
Golden Plains Ratepayers & Residents Association
Greater Dandenong Ratepayers
Horsham Ratepayers
Kilmore Ratepayers
Knox Ratepayers Ass
Latrobe City Ratepayers Ass
Loddon Shire Residents & Ratepayers
Macedon Ranges residents Ass
Maribyrnong Ratepayers
Monash Ratepayers
Morland Shire Ratepayers
Mornington Peninsula Ratepayers & Residents Ass.
Moyne Residents and Ratepayers Action Group Inc.
Mt Martha Ratepayers
Nepean Ratepayers
Phillip Island Ratepayers
Oakleigh Planning central
Nillumbik Ratepayers Association
Mildura Ratepayers Victorian
Shepparton Ratepayers
Swan Hill Rural City Ratepayers Ass
Wangaratta Ratepayers
Warrnambool Ratepayers
Whitehorse Ratepayers& Residents Ass.
Whittlesea Ratepayers Ass.
Yarra Ranges Ratepayers
Yarraville Ratepayers

Maribinong Ratepayers being formed

bully boy Cr Lake still a bully

Cr Lakes history with Monash Council in regards to his constant bulling is well documented and goes back a long way.
To name a few.
• Verbal and sexist remarks to Cr Mc Gee – this matter was referred to the Sexual Discrimination Committee.
• As Mayor his intrusion at Cr Morrissey’s place of business that resulted in a court order against Lake.
• Cr Jenny Solity who had a mental break down over his attacks on her.
• Not forgetting his misleading accusation at a council meeting in regards to Huntingdale Hall Management of inappropriate management of hall funds, causing my wife Beaty Davis, who was at that time the Secretary, to stress out so much to see her name dragged through the newspaper, that she had a heart attack.
This accusation was later proven by a council audit officer to be a false and misleading accusation.
• Today’s (Tuesday 30/10/18) Herald Sun is another example of his bullying.
His comment that stated the President of the Mulgrave Club: quote The country clubs directors are Pasty old white men.
Lakes comment resulted in a complaint to the Human Rights Committee.
Not forgetting in 2013 Lake was dumped as candigate for Hotham when it was reported he verbally abused a female councillor at a council meeting
The list goes on and on.
Any apology by Lake now would be meaningless.
Councilor Lake should be stood down subject to the complaint to the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights.
Finally the Mayor Cr Paul Kisaris should not have allowed Councilor Lake to continue with his bullying comments at a council meeting.
Jack Davis
Ratepayers vic

When is Enough Enough

Postal address 8/1248 North Road Oakleigh South 3167
Phone 03 9570 6227 Mobile 0412 238 974
Email ; ratepayersvic@outlook.com
23/10/18

When is Enough Enough
We demand an apology from the minister of local government for the financial abuse of Victorian Ratepayers who has ignored our concerns.
We have witnessed home owners who have lost their properties because they cannot afford to pay the gross increases in Council rates, increases ranging from 20% to 90%.
Are now a reality.
We demand an apology from all political parties here in Victoria not one has stood up to represent and protect Ratepayer’s rights.
We demand an apology from the premier who has turn this backs on the financial hardship that have been forced on most Ratepayers.
We demand an apology
from all political parties here in Victoria where we have seen farmers commit suicide that have been hit with excessive local council rates in drought areas and beyond.
The media say one farmer in a week commits suicide. If a farmer earns no income
they should pay no income tax to the Federal Government. In this drought time farmers who earn no income should pay no council rates.
We demand an apology for the destruction of our suburbs with over developments.
We have witness the cost of electricity /Gas /Petrol/land taxes to name a few, escalate beyond afford ability.
We Ratepayers Victoria have been trying to get a Royal commission in to the operations of the out dated Victorian local Government act here in Victoria. I.E.why do contractors get paid up to four times more to do a council job than in the private sector. It has been reported in the Herald Sun that at Yarra Ranges Council 96% of recent rate notices that were sent out were incorrect. The report in the Herald Sun stated that there could be a lot more councils with incorrect rate notices that have been sent out.
We demand that rates including add on’s be frozen for the next 2 years.
We will continue the fight.
We will never surrender.
President Jack Davis

Report on the MAV by the Auditor General

Attached is the Auditor General’s report on the MAV

Following are some of the disgraceful comments in the report on the MAV. WE have not read a report on any type of organisation which is worse than this one. The Government should have sacked the MAV

Auditor General’s comments on page VII
MAV’s conduct during this audit has been disappointing. It has been marked by repeated challenges to my mandate, the scope of the audit, its inability to provide
evidence in a timely fashion, and sometimes its refusal to provide certain information.

Page viii
There is limited scrutiny of MAV’s Rules, limited independent review of its performance beyond its annual reporting, and no clear understanding of whether MAV is delivering value for money. Indeed, my audit provides a rare independent and transparent assessment of MAV’s performance.

Page ix
While I am disappointed that MAV has not clearly accepted my recommendations or outlined how it will address them,

Page xiii
There is no formal performance management system in place for any MAV staff other than the chief executive officer, so it is not clear how staff or managers are held to account for their performance.

Conclusion Page 28
This means it cannot demonstrate that its support activities for councils are effective, efficient and economical. There are also weaknesses in MAV’s procurement practices in key areas of probity and controls for managing conflicts of interest. This increases the potential for fraud or corruption and also brings into question whether value for money is being achieved from MAV’s support for councils.

Our costly council

Our Costly Councils
Rachel Clayton Heraldsun 2/10/18
Melbourne Councillors are claiming tens of thousands of dollars in expenses
Some councils claim expenses totaling almost $100,000 in one year, analysis of annual reports and published expense report shows.
Port Phillips nine Councillors claimed almost $100,000 in a year—more than 31 times the sum of just over $3000 that was claimed by Monash’s 11 Councillors.
The local government act allows for the reimbursement of Councillors reasonable out of pocket expenses, incurred carrying out council duties.
Melbourne metropolitan councillors were paid an annual allowance of from $8490 to $30,223 and mayors were paid from $60,442 to $96,534.
Three Port Phillip Councillors claimed over $23,000 for child care and family care expenses the mayor , Cr Bernadine Voss claimed $10,593.48 Cr Tim Baxter $5536.84 and Cr Marcus Pearl $6894.50.
Cr Voss said many of her duties had to be performed after hours, making childcare arrangements often essential.
Ratepayers Victoria vice president Frank Sullivan said he had no faith in the system meant to keep councils accountable.
He wants the Auditor General to follow South Australia’s lead and scrutinise how ratepayer’s cash is spent.
“There’s little to no accountability on the control of those expenses,” he said. “At the end of the day the poor old ratepayer is the one who has to pay.” MR Sullivan said.
In 2016,a parliamentary inquiry found no “over site” of council audit, a lack of independence and work quality concerns.
Councillors at Maribyrnong Council, the third smallest municipality by area claimed $80,071.21 in a year.
Maribyrnong Mayor Catherine Cummings claimed $16,880 for childcare and Cr Cuc Lam claimed $11,884 On top of this Cr Cumming received an allowance of $76,521 and Cr Lam received $24,730.
Casey Councillors spent $75,493 in the past year to June 2017. Mayor Sam Aziz claimed $30,984. Including $15,635 on a car and travel. $9065 on communications, and $6285 on training and education.
Casey government manager Holly De Kretser said Cr AZIZ was entitled to a vehicle for council business.
Training expenses went on coaching services, professional membership and media training.
Minister for local government Marlene Kairouz said she expected councils to be transparent about expenses.

Comment (But not accountable)

When is Enough Enough time for Royal Commission

Ratepayers Victoria Inc.
1248 North Road Oakleigh South 3167
Email: ratepayersvic@outlook.com or ph: 0412 238 974
Web site “Ratepayersvic inc.”

When is Enough Enough.
Ratepayers Victoria has been representing ratepayers and residents for over 18 years.
First was council amalgamation what a disaster that turned out to be, now we have rate capping at 2.25% another disaster that is based on property revaluations rates with increases of 50% to 100% are not uncommon.
We receive emails and letters from concerned ratepayers every week complaining that they cannot afford to pay these massive increases. We have listed councils and councillors who are sorting the system (See Ratepayers Victoria website for the list. Council corruption and inappropriate behavior Sexual discrimination, credit card fraud, bribery and fraud with council tenders, councillor’s inappropriate behaviour at council meetings. The list is never ending.
We are aware of a country property owned by the Carter Family that council attempted to compulsory acquire, Ratepayers Victoria wrote to the local government minister in April this year and did not get a response. RPV also sent a copy to the Premier of Victoria.
On the 3rd July, 2018 RPV again wrote to the local government minister and expressed our concerns about the Bendigo Council’s decision to compulsorily acquire there farm of some 300 hectares which has been in the family for five generations. Our letter on the 3rd July to the minister was very strong with words such as “how can this happen in Australia and pointed out that at the forth coming State Elections this situation will be brought up. We stated that council decisions such as this, tugs at the heart of fair minded Australians Ratepayers Victoria received a reply from the minister’s office two days later with the comment that the decision is now with the planning minister, Richard Wynne, for a decision
RPV were pleasantly surprised to hear that on Tuesday the 10th July the planning minister announced that he had overturned the decision of the Bendigo Council and that the farm would remain with the Carter family.
This is what can be accomplished by Ratepayers when we unite.
A comment in the AGE 16th September 2018 has the Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, calling for a national watchdog to be formed to expose corrupt public officials. Ratepayers Victoria have for some years now been calling for an independent watchdog to be put into councils to monitor that the ratepayer’s hard earned money is being spent wisely and within the local government act.
Homes may be sold to pay rates (herald sun 16/9/2018). A Melbourne council has put home owners who fail to pay their rates on notice. It plans to sell up to 153 properties to recoup $1.4 million in debt. Council will now issue a notice of intention to sell or bankrupt the 153 owners.
60 Minutes 16/9/2018. Investigations found that some councils are over valuing properties by up to 40%
Approximately 5 years ago Ratepayers Victoria held a conference. This was attended by Natalie Hutchins the then Minister for Local Government, and she made a comment back then that “the local government system is broken”. How very true this was then and sad to say nothing has changed.
Ratepayers Victoria recently had a meeting with the Auditor General and what came out of that meeting is the lack of accountability, In other words there is no follow up to see if those figures presented to them by councils, are correct or otherwise.
The old council “Spin” has been “we are abiding by the Rate capping system” but it has now been confirmed by the Auditor General that there is no independent evidence that councils are following the rate capping rules. A recent comment made to one of our committee members by the rate manager at a council out in the East was “councils do as they like”. How very true.
A gross example of councillor’s misconduct.
Milvan Muto a former Greater Shepparton City Councillor was found guilty of perverting the course of justice in the County Court and sentenced to eight month’s imprisonment. Prior to the matter appearing before the County Court, Councillor Muto was disqualified from serving as a councillor for four years by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) for gross misconduct. Councillor Muto then appealed the VCAT decision to the Supreme Court which dismissed Mr Muto’s application to appeal the VCAT decision as there was insufficient grounds.
This year we have started 6 new rural ratepayers groups and our membership is growing by the day.
We believe it is now time for a Royal Commission into councils throughout Australia. We will be contacting our members and ratepayers to support a petition calling on the Federal Government to take immediate action.
We seek your support it won’t happen without your involvement become a member.
Go to our webpage for an application to join RPV
Jack Davis President Ratepayers Victoria