What is rate capping?
The Fair Go Rates system caps the increase to Council’s total revenue from general rates and the municipal charge to a figure based on the Consumer Price Index.
Each year the Minister for Local Government will set the rate cap for the next financial year.
A rate cap of 2 per cent for the 2017/2018 financial year applies to all Victorian Councils.
In circumstances where the rate cap is insufficient to fund the provision of services and infrastructure to the community Council can apply to the Essential Services Commission for an increase higher than the cap. Greater Shepparton City Council has not applied for a variation to the rate cap for 2017/18.
What does rate capping apply to?
The cap applies to Council’s total income received from General Rates and the Municipal Charge; it does not apply to waste charges or the Fire Services Property Levy.
Are my individual property rates capped?
Applying the rate cap is not this simple. Whilst the total revenue collected by Council from general rates and the municipal charge will only increase by 2 per cent, rate increases on individual rate notices will vary.
The rates and charges for your property may have increased or decreased by a different percentage amount due to:
- the valuation of your property
- the application of any differential rate by Council
- the inclusion of rates and charges not covered by the Rate Cap
How will rate capping impact Greater Shepparton City Council?
A cap to rates revenue limits Council’s total income. Compared to previous Strategic Resource Plan projections, in the first year the financial impact to Council was predicted to be approximately $1.2 million. Over four years, this figure is expected to be closer to $17 million in lower rates revenue.
In response to a reduced income, Council may need to reduce expenditure, for example, by reviewing and reducing some services or the level of service that we currently provide. We may also need to identify alternative sources of income, review the amount we borrow or look at further alliances with other councils to share some costs.
In the future, we may look at variations to the rate cap with the support of our community. If we need to do this you will have the opportunity to be a part of the discussion.