Fourth report presented on rate capping inquiry
The Victorian Parliament’s Environment and Planning Committee has today presented the fourth report on its ongoing inquiry into the Victorian Government’s rate capping policy.
The Committee addressed, among other things, the raising of waste charges by the City of Yarra.
Although the Committee found that the City of Yarra council had not broken any rules, the report makes clear that the Committee believes councils should not use service charges to circumvent the cap.
The Committee also raised the issue of changes to the way property valuations to assess council rates are administered in changes in the state budget. It noted concerns that valuers employed by councils and associated staff could be made redundant as a result of this policy change.
The Committee made one recommendation, that government provides a statement that ‘’places in the public domain how many valuers employed by councils in Victoria will be made redundant and what the cost will be to each council for any such redundancies”.
Under its terms of reference, the Committee must report every six months on the outcome of the rate capping policy on councils’ viability, service impacts on local communities and impacts on the provision of local infrastructure.
The fourth report is available from the Committee’s website.
Issued: 20 June 2017