“Reposted from Ratepayers Victoria: I wish to offer my view on Ballarat City Council’s request to be exempt from rate capping.
Ballarat City Council councillors are treating the community with contempt by suggesting it won't be able to manage Council's affairs with the planned introduction of rate capping by the state government in July 2016.
Rate capping is essential to ensure that our Council operates within its financial means and does not spend on whims and one-offs that are scheduled as part of the budget, which has been the case with the current and previous councils. Councillors are required to develop the four-year Council Plan and the annual action plans that have projects and programs fully costed as part of the Budget process. As individuals, families and business people, we must budget for any expenditure so as to be able to manage our own affairs within our financial constraints. Councillors need to be more efficient with revenue they have and be inventive in how to generate more revenue from other sources rather than from the ratepayers. Rate capping will ensure financial responsibility and effective strategic planning and prioritisation of projects. Ron Egeberg BJ JP CMC Candidate for the 2016 Ballarat City Council Election ”