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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Maroondah Infrastructure Hit By Rate Capping
Rate capping stops councils from renewing and building new civic infrastructure to the standard communities need.
The squeeze on councils from rate capping also reduces the resources for vital infrastructure maintenance – and worrying stories about failing infrastructure are coming out of the Maroondah Depot.
Machinery not scheduled to be replaced until it’s beyond its practical life, and requests for specialist contractors to being ignored due to cost are symptoms of the problem at Maroondah.
Workers want to repair civic infrastructure properly and do it once rather than put a band-aid over the problem.
It’s what communities deserve by the financial squeeze on councils from the Andrews Government’s rate capping policy means vital community infrastructure is patched rather than repaired and maintained.
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.