MAKE RATEPAYERS VOTE COUNT AT THE NOVEMBER STATE ELECTION

MAKE RATEPAYERS VOTE COUNT AT THE NOVEMBER STATE ELECTION

Dear Member

Ratepayers Victoria is a non party political organisation and for practical and limited resource reasons we will not be endorsing candidates for the Victorian state election to be held on Saturday 24 November 2018.

However we encourage our members and member groups to carefully consider candidates. Depending on your own incorporation rules individual ratepayer groups may consider endorsing candidates.

Some of the matters that candidates should be requested to support include:

• The continuation of capping of council rates. Since the introduction of capping of rates the average increase has dropped by one third from 6% annually to around 2.5%
whoever council rate account has increased due to the increases in other charges like Fire Levee / Garbage/ Residential rate on capital improved value
• Site Value which is a TAX same tax by state government, you are paying Twice

• That the proposed new Local Government Act be thoroughly reviewed by an independent parliamentary inquiry. Ratepayers Victoria is concerned that while there are some
improvements, the proposed Act contains many sections which are poorly written and benefit Councils instead of ratepayers. The government refused to incorporate any of our
suggested improvements.

• If successful the candidate and political party should be prepared to be accessible and when requested meet with ratepayers and ratepayer groups. Initially the Local
Government Minister was accessible to Ratepayers Victoria which gave us high expectations that our concerns would be addressed. However the newly appointed Local Government
Minister has not been accessible by refusing to meet with Ratepayers Victoria or speak at a ratepayers’ forum.

• For many years complaints by ratepayers to government agencies responsible for overseeing councils has been almost futile. Candidates need to aware of ratepayers concerns
and be willing to support a review and improved re-structuring of these government agencies to provide a simpler, fairer and more responsive resolution of ratepayers’
complaints.

Yours faithfully
Jack Davis
President, Ratepayers Victoria

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