Councillors' views - Jerome Appleby

Read the latest City Limits Magazine column by Councillor Jerome Appleby.

This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 51 - April 2016.

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Council will soon be voting on its Annual Budget and setting rates for the coming financial year. I am firmly of the view that given the rate increases well in excess of inflation over most of the past ten years that the increase should be no more than the rate of inflation. I strongly encourage you to contact your councillors and let them know your thoughts on the matter.

NRM Levy

You may have noticed when you get your rates bill that you are charged a National Resources Management (NRM) levy. That’s because in 2004, the State Government passed legislation enabling the establishment of an NRM Council and boards to, as the name suggests, “manage” the State’s resources.

But the State Government had a small problem. It wanted the NRM Council and its boards, but it didn’t want to pay for them. Hence, we have the current situation where councils are forced to slug ratepayers. A question on notice I placed in January of this year revealed that the City of Marion has been forced to charge ratepayers $11.069 million in the past 10 years.

For this reason, I submitted a motion for consideration at the Local Government Association (LGA) General Meeting that the body lobby the State Government to abolish the levy. We will have to wait to see the result. If LGA members are not prepared to stand up for ratepayers in this regard, Council will have one more reason to cut ties when it considers whether to remain a member of the organisation later this year.

Councillor Jerome Appleby

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