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Local government rating system to be reviewed

By Cobram Courier

The Victorian Government is putting local government rating system under the microscope, to make sure councils were held accountable to the ratepayers they represented.

Victorian Local Government Minister Adem Somyurek recently outlined the timeframes and terms of reference for review of the local government rating system, which will be done an independent panel led by former Royal Children’s Hospital and City of Melbourne chief executive Kathy Alexander.

The panel will examine:

●Current local government rates and charges;

●current rating exemptions and concessions and their application to various classes of land, including farm land;

●the autonomy of local governments to apply a rating system that takes into account local factors; and

●current exemptions and discounts for local government rates the impacts any recommended changes would have on councils, ratepayers and residents.

The Fair Go Rates cap, which has stopped a decade of average annual 6 per cent increases, remains in place.

Victorians can put their views to the panel and take part in the review process, with the panel to deliver recommendations to government in March next year.

For information on the review, visit localgovernment.vic.gov.au