Council to apply for rate variation for 2017/18
The Borough of Queenscliffe Council has confirmed its intention to apply for a higher rate cap of 4.5% in the 2017/18 rating year.
This comes after the Minister for Local Government determined that the rate cap to apply to Victorian councils in 2017/18 will be 2.0%.
The Local Government Act includes rate capping provisions to promote the long term interests of ratepayers and the community, to achieve sustainable outcomes in the delivery of services and critical infrastructure, and to ensure that a council has the financial capacity to perform its duties and functions.
Borough of Queenscliffe Mayor Tony Francis gave a frank analysis of the situation.
“The community has identified what they wanted the priorities to be for the next four years and Council has responded positively and considered the cost of the 42 priority strategies in the draft Council Plan 2017-2021,” said Cr Francis.
Council is committed to ensuring that our decisions are in the best interest of the whole community and that they leave a sustainable legacy for future generations.
“Council has determined that a rate increase of 4.5% for the 2017/18 rating year, which is 2.5% above the cap, is necessary to achieve the aspirations and priorities of the community,” confirmed Cr Francis.
Note that the final rate increase will be determined by Council, after considering the decision by the Essential Services Commission, when Council adopts the 2017/18 Budget, noting that this will follow the statutory community consultation process.
Council will invite community feedback on the proposed rate variation commencing Friday 4 May to 4pm on Wednesday, 7 June 2017.
Council will also present the options for a higher rate cap at two public information sessions to be held at 7:00pm on Monday 5 June 2017 at the Town Hall, Queenscliff and at 7:30pm on Tuesday 6 June 2017 at the City of Boroondara Municipal Offices, Camberwell.