City of Palmerston will be holding an early consultation session 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.
WHEN: Wednesday 13 December 2017
WHERE: Council Chambers, Civic Plaza
City of Palmerston has 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, is undertaking the review and will be providing information on the work he is doing and answering questions ratepayers may have 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 will also evaluate the public submissions received in 2015 when the UCV methodology was introduced and submissions related to the drafting of the current Municipal Plan.