PS: no surprise that ratepayers have to find out from the media rather than council that Glen Eira is seeking to increase rates more than the government’s imposed rate-capping. Another example we maintain of ignoring and disregarding residents.

See: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/the-21-victorian-councils-trying-to-dodge-rate-caps-20160202-gmjjuh.html

The list of councils (taken from above article) is:

The councils which have applied for a higher rate cap are:

  • Bass Coast Shire Council
  • Buloke Shire Council
  • City of Ballarat
  • City of Casey
  • City of Darebin
  • City of Greater Geelong
  • City of Melbourne
  • Glen Eira City Council
  • Hepburn Shire Council
  • Hindmarsh Shire Council
  • Horsham Rural City Council
  • Latrobe City Council
  • Maribyrnong City Council
  • Mitchell Shire Council
  • Moorabool Shire Council
  • Murrindindi Shire Council
  • Pyrenees Shire Council
  • Yarra City Council
  • Yarriambiack Shire Council
  • Wyndham City Council

PPS: we’ve uploaded the ESC Media Release (here). Glen Eira’s submission should make for fascinating reading – especially the response to the criterion regarding the “views of ratepayers”!!!!!

The Labor Government has introduced legislation to impose ‘rate capping’ on Councils. If Councils seek to impose a rate increase above what is specified they have to submit their case to the Essential Services Commission (ESC). Any such appeals had to be in to the ESC by January 31st, 2016.

In Glen Eira there have been rate increases of 6.5% (except for one year of 6%) for at least the past 8 years – well above CPI. Plus of course countless increased charges for kindergartens, rubbish collections, etc. We anticipate that given Glen Eira still has a huge loan repayment outstanding, plus further payments on Superannuation of several million, they will have applied, or will be applying, to the ESC for permission to keep increasing our rates. Of course, council has kept mum and not a word has been published regarding their intention on this issue. This contrasts with the Stonnington council’s statement that it will not seek such permission – see article presented below. It would be nice for once, if Council was upfront with its residents, instead of its usual practice of silence so that residents are always the last to know!

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