Rate Capping is at the core of most problems plaguing local government
The pressure on council budgets is making the work of many dedicated council workers insecure, wages are suppressed, jobs opportunities are going unfilled.
But there’s something we can do about it.
Getting the Andrews Labor Government to change its terrible rate capping policy won’t be easy, but it will have real benefits for communities and council workers.
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Rate Capping Hurting The Most Vulnerable In Knox
Rate capping affects every part of every Council in Victoria. There are the impacts we see every day, like infrastructure falling behind and communities missing out on the new infrastructure they need.
But there’s a real human cost too.
When elderly residents in the City of Knox are waiting months and months just to get assessed for cleaning and home maintenance requests, there’s a huge problem
Because of the Andrews Labor Government’s disastrous rate capping policy, there are examples of elderly residents waiting 10 months to get safety rails installed, and for other residents, it’s taking 6 months to get cleaning support.
The most vulnerable members of communities right across Victoria, including in Knox, are missing out on the services they need because rate capping is squeezing council budgets every day
Rate Capping Pushing Councils To The Brink
The Andrews Government’s rate capping policy is squeezing the budgets of every local Council In Victoria.
For local communities, that means services aren’t keeping up with demand, and infrastructure isn’t maintained as it needs to be or being built to service the needs of fast-growing communities.
But at Moonee Valley City Council, the situation is dire.
Moonee Valley’s Draft 10 Year Financial plan puts insolvency of the Council just 2 years away.
“A review of the indicators show that the Council is insolvent by 2023/24 if the current level of revenue and expenditure is maintained. One reason the Council’s financial position has deteriorated in recent years, is the introduction of rate capping by the Victorian Government in 2016.”
There is a crisis in local government that needs to be addressed immediately by the Andrews Government.