Communities urged to share views on council rates

By Rodney Woods

Communities can share their views on council rates and charges as part of an independent review into Victoria’s current local government rating system.

An upcoming community consultation session is being held in Seymour where people can provide feedback on rates.

This feedback will form the basis of the Local Government Rating System Review, an independent three-person panel which is reviewing the current system.

The panel is chaired by the former chief executive officer of the Melbourne City Council, Royal Children’s and Royal Women’s hospitals Dr Kathy Alexander.

“We are almost halfway through our three-month consultation period and so far these sessions have given us with valuable information about what people think of the rating system,” she said.

“Communities can provide critical insight into how the application of rates affect them and help identify where the rating system can be improved or strengthened.”

The Seymour session will be held on Tuesday, October 1, at the Seymour Club, 1 Elizabeth St, Seymour, from 7pm.