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.

You can play a part right now by completing this very short survey about your experiences at work.

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Rate Capping Forcing Councils To Make Cuts

 

The Andrews Government’s rate capping policy is squeezing the budgets of every local Council In Victoria.

And at Maribyrnong City Council the 10 year financial plan shows how rate capping will directly affect services. Two of Maribyrnong’s strategic actions are

“Identify efficiency gains in the operating budget to promote achievement of a financially sustainable operating surplus in a rate cap environment.”

“Maintain current service levels for the next four years to enable Council sufficient time to complete a full review of its service delivery programs.”

This is a fancy way of saying ‘there’ll be cuts now, and you better get ready for more cuts in the future.

There is a crisis in local government that needs to be addressed immediately by the Andrews Government.

Business Hit By Rate Capping

There’s no doubt that the Andrews Government’s rate capping policy is hitting council budgets hard.

Workers and communities take the hit from this bad policy.

At Yarra City Council, local businesses struggling with a global pandemic are being slugged $5000 a year to convert a single car park space into outdoor dining. Fees to start from April 1 with 25 per cent discount, then in full from October.

Cash strapped City of Yarra is changing businesses more than double charged by neighbouring municipalities for the chance to operate in a covid-safe way outdoors.

And the reason?  The Andrews Government’s rate capping policy means councils are squeezing communities each day – even businesses trying to trade during the pandemic.

The Andrews Government’s rate capping policy needs to change.

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