Coun­cil’s rates re­view com­mit­tee

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY ROBERT MUIR

A one-off rates re­view com­mit­tee in the first half of 2019 is to be formed by Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil, to com­prise coun­cil­lors and rep­re­sen­ta­tion from the gen­eral pub­lic, sup­ported by coun­cil staff.

The com­mit­tee will rec­om­mend a rate struc­ture plan for im­ple­men­ta­tion by July 1, 2019.

Generally, the com­mit­tee will pro­vide in­put into the cur­rent lev­els of rates in­come, the rate struc­ture and the over­all con­tri­bu­tion of var­i­ous rate cat­e­gories to the over­all run­ning of coun­cil.

The cur­rent rate struc­ture as a merged coun­cil is re­quired to be in place un­til June 30, 2019.

In his re­port for coun­cil’s April meet­ing, coun­cil’s Direc­tor Fi­nance and Or­gan­i­sa­tion Devel­op­ment Kim Parker sug­gested such a com­mit­tee, to ex­am­ine op­tions and the gen­eral fair­ness or eq­uity of the rate struc­ture.

“Coun­cil has re­ceived a num­ber of com­ments on the fair­ness or oth­er­wise of the cur­rent rate struc­ture,” he said.

“For coun­cil’s information, from the 30 June 2017 Au­dited Fi­nan­cial State­ments - ex­clud­ing one-off merged coun­cil ad­di­tional fund­ing) - rates made up an im­por­tant 23.15 per cent ($6.71 mil­lion) of the $28.99 mil­lion fund­ing re­ceived to be utilised for Gen­eral Fund ac­tiv­i­ties.”

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