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The Ratepayers Association of Victoria (RVI) in partnership with OurSay welcomes your feedback on the performance of you local council's consultation activities on rate capping policy.

Discuss your views below and complete the survey.

What is rate capping?

The Victorian State Government is committed to a policy of 'capping' local government rate increases at CPI to contain the cost of living and ensure greater accountability and transparency in local government.

Under the new system Councils can make an application to the Essential Services Commission (ESC) for an exemption from the cap. Councils wanting to increase rates beyond the cap will need to show how the views of ratepayers and the community have been taken into account.

Your feedback is important to help check that your council has properly engaged with you, as a ratepayer, that meets the Essential Services Commission (ESC)'s high standard of community engagement if and when a council applies for a variation from capped rates.

The Ratepayers Association of Victoria (RVI) in partnership with OurSay welcomes your feedback on the performance of you local council's consultation activities on rate capping policy.

Discuss your views below and complete the survey.

What is rate capping?

The Victorian State Government is committed to a policy of 'capping' local government rate increases at CPI to contain the cost of living and ensure greater accountability and transparency in local government.

Under the new system Councils can make an application to the Essential Services Commission (ESC) for an exemption from the cap. Councils wanting to increase rates beyond the cap will need to show how the views of ratepayers and the community have been taken into account.

Your feedback is important to help check that your council has properly engaged with you, as a ratepayer, that meets the Essential Services Commission (ESC)'s high standard of community engagement if and when a council applies for a variation from capped rates.

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Employee Expenses are way to high in relation to Rates Only Income. Executives salaries approved by councillors are far to much. Carry-Forward non-expensed budgeted items every year must be reported in full in the Annual Report with committed steps to reduce that revenue value to around $2M. The LGA 1989 section 125 should read the Council Plan can only be reviewed every 2 years. Cardinia changes every year creating uncertainty. The Act must force all council to produce three separate documents. The Council Plan & Council Plan Actions, the Strategic Resource Plan and the Budget. These 3 documents are to be electronically filed in councils data base so any person can google search any one of them. The Expenditure part of a budget must, must be expanded. Headings of :- All Contract costs, All Legal costs, All Consultant Fee's, All Insurance costs, Electricty & Water costs and Total expenditures by Councillors plus Training costs. Their must be more details provided by all councils when they report "Provisions" in any financial reports. The tendering process should be reviewed as some purchases by council are excessive compared to what a private person or company can purchase. All councillor attended meeting must be Audio recorded and made available to the public. Every year approved Council Plan & Council Plan Actions, Strategice Resource Plan and Budget must be published on the Know Your Council website and stored over years. The practice by councils to not disclose expenses if the revenue value is below $25,000 must be lowered to $5,000 as to many expense items are hidden. Best wishes and a Happy Easter.

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Elizabeth de Mouton Ingrid Crichton Neville McIntyre joe lenzo Chan Cheah Ratepayers Victoria peter peter Ron Jean Graham Jolly John Harley