MAV’s Defined Benefits Super Accountability – the shits starting to hit the fan!

A Ballarat Councillor is saying “Councils around the state have been hit by a shortfall due to liabilities to the former Local Authorities Superannuation Fund defined benefit scheme.

Cr Harris slammed operating fund Vision Super and the Municipal Association of Victoria for underestimating the liability in what he called an “incompetent process ……………

…….I have talked openly with Councillors about withdrawing from the MAV, as I think this has been an incompetent process and I still don’t have any concept we are being represented effectively……….

…………..Council might take the decision to downscale the organisation, but there’s no way to mitigate the need for the one per cent rise.”

The Municipal Association of Victoria was not available for comment yesterday.

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Ararat Rural City Council will circulate a petition for ratepayers to sign calling for the abolition of municipal rates.

“Cr John Cunningham moved that Council initiate a petition to be served to both the State and Federal Governments objecting to the continuation of municipal rates, that the petition be made available for ratepayers to sign at all council service points and that Council write to all councils in Victoria, the Municipal Association of Victoria, the Minister for Local Government, Shadow Minister, the Federal Treasurer and the Prime Minister calling for the abolition of rates and stating that Council supports a rise in the GST to specifically fund local government.”…. read more

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Being ripped off with rate hikes?

Rate hikes are happening in many Councils across the country. We review a few budgets in several cities and are finding a common pattern – there is no transparent sound justification underpinning annual rate hikes. Some Councils are also misleading ratepayers in budget review – Councillors already agreed on rate increases and consequent budgets when Council allow the process of public review to occur. The process is not democratic nor is transparent and is most misleading.