State government announce full review into Victoria’s rating system

Rachel Clayton, Maribyrnong Leader
April 17, 2019 11:45am

A full review of Victoria’s rate system is “long overdue” according to Ratepayers Victoria.
The group’s vice president Frank Sullivan met with local government minister Adem Somyurek and the valuer-general yesterday and said it was clear the current rating system was “not fair” and “completely unjust”.
The State Government announced a full review of Victoria’s rating system this morning to ensure councils were held accountable to ratepayers.
The review will be undertaken by an independent panel led by former Royal Children’s Hospital and City of Melbourne chief executive Dr Kathy Alexander.
The panel will look at:
• local government rates and charges;
• rating exemptions and concessions and their application to various classes of land, including farm land;
• the autonomy of local governments to apply a rating system that takes into account local factors; and
• exemptions and discounts for local government rates the impacts any recommended changes would have on councils, ratepayers and residents.
The Fair Go Rates cap, currently at 2.5 per cent, will remain in place.
Mr Sullivan said the review was well overdue.
“A ratepayer in Maribyrnong with a million dollar home will be paying $6000 to $7000 in rates while I live in Knox with a nice, almost-million dollar home and pay $1700 in rates,” he said.

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