City of Palmerston held an early consultation session on Wednesday 13 December 2017 (5.30-7pm at Council Chambers) to provide residents with the opportunity to learn more about the independent review of Council’s rating model and to ask questions they may have.
City of Palmerston commissioned an independent review into its current rating strategy including the use of existing Unimproved Capital Value (UCV) as a rating methodology and other available alternatives.
John Comrie, an experienced consultant with local and state government in South Australia, undertook the review and provided information on the work he done and answered questions ratepayers had at the session.
The UCV rating methodology was introduced in 2015 to more equitably distribute the costs of providing Council services across the community and move away from a flat rate. Under a UCV rating methodology, the rates payable are proportional to the value of the rateable land, which provides for more equitable distribution than the fixed rate model, which sees every property owner pay the same amount, regardless of the value of their land. UCV is a very common rating methodology used throughout local government in the Northern Territory and Queensland.
The independent review also evaluated the public submissions received in 2015 when the UCV methodology was introduced and submissions related to the drafting of the current Municipal Plan.
View the presentation made by John Comrie at the consultation session here.
- Are there any shortcomings with Council’s existing rating system?
- How could system be improved? e.g. do some classes of ratepayers pay too much relative to others?
- Are minimum rates appropriate? At what level should they be set?
- Do you agree with differential rates?
- Should the rate take from residents and businesses be balanced to take into considerations of equity? Should high value properties pay more than low value properties? Houses pay more than units? What other considerations are there?
- Is there a case for special rates? When should they be used?
To contact John Comrie, please email firstname.lastname@example.org