Everyone knows the State Government wish to impose rate capping on Local Government. We also know that the Local Government Association (LGA) has consistently opposed this.
Now some elected members are nervous of retribution by the State Government because of the LGA campaign.
Many are calling for the LGA to withdraw its campaign. Some for the sacking of the LGA. Others, including from within Unley, are calling for their Council to cancel their membership.
Hang on guys. We do not yet know what the Government is proposing or what form rate capping will take. We do not even know whether it will be approved by Parliament. When we do know then we will be able to direct the LGA to lobby on our behalf.
The question of LGA membership or the future of the LGA I addressed this morning in my LGA Lunatic Asylum blog post.
The question of rate capping remains however whatever happens in the LGA arena.
In my opinion, and from what I believe should be an Unley point of view, I still do not see a need for a State induced rate capping. I have written several blog posts covering this.
For the last six years we have set our rate first and adjusted our budget to suit. The cap we have set is CPI plus 1%.
During this time our rates have increased 25% compared to an average 41% in the rest of the industry.
This year we expect to be well inside this, maybe CPI plus 0.3%
.If other Councils were doing this then I venture to suggest the Government would not be threatening to impose an external cap.
Would it not be great if most Councils followed Unley’s lead? We would not be having any arguments now. Not rate capping. Not cancelling membership of the LGA etc.