Rate capping consultation begins on fair go rates

The Essential Services Commission (ESC) has today released its discussion paper on rate capping, the next step towards the Andrews Labor Government’s fair go rates cap.

The Member for Melton, Don Nardella MLA, said:

“The paper sets out the key issues and priorities for the ESC’s work and flagged the beginning of extensive community consultation.

As part of its inquiry, the ESC will consult widely with councils and communities, as well as stakeholders including the Municipal Association of Victoria, Victorian Local Governance Association and LGPro.”

Mr Nardella called on both Melton and Moorabool councillors, ratepayers associations and the broader community to be a part of the consultation.

Following this first round of consultation, the ESC will publish a draft report on its recommendations, with councils, peak bodies and other interested parties invited to provide further comment.

A final report will be provided to the Minister for Local Government and Minister for Finance by 31 October 2015.

More details can be found at www.esc.vic.gov.au/Statutory-Insurance/Local-Government-Rates-Capping-Framework-Review.

Mr Nardella also said:

“With the cost of living rising, we’re making council rates fair and balanced.”

“Our fair go rates cap will encourage local council to focus the things that matter most to our community.”

“We want to hear as many voices as possible from the community, to make sure we get this policy right.”