IPART to review government rates revenue
Luke Grant is joined by Deborah Cope, Acting Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) Chair, who is reviewing the current system for setting local government rates revenue (the ‘rate pegging system’) to consider population growth.
This is to support the NSW Government’s commitment to allow councils to align their rates revenue with population growth.
“The review is focused on ensuring local councils can continue to provide quality services to their communities, including in those areas experiencing population growth”, says Ms Cope.
IPART has been asked to recommend a rate peg methodology that allows the general income councils receive through rates to be varied annually in a way that accounts for population growth.
The review will make recommendations on the adequate levels of revenue required by councils to service growth, with a focus on changes to total rates revenue not individual rates. IPART invites submissions to its Issues Paper on the impact of population growth on council costs.
The rate peg is based on the annual change in the Local Government Cost Index (LGCI), which measures the average costs faced by NSW councils.
“Under the current system, an increase in the population of a council area does not necessarily result in an increase in revenue from rates.
“The costs incurred by councils to service growth are recovered from special variations, developer contributions and supplementary valuations” said Ms Cope.
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