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New fairer rates system secures standards of service for the future

05/11/2020

Georges River Council is proposing to implement a new rates system from 1 July 2021 that not only meets the mandatory NSW Government requirement for one rating system across the local government area but also ensures that Council can continue to provide services and facilities to the community as it grows.

Council wants to create a new minimum rate which will in effect increase the minimum rate in the former Hurstville Council area to the same level as the former Kogarah Council area. The change would affect both residential and business rates, and reduce the gap between rates charged for houses and apartments.

To ensure service and financial sustainability, Council is proposing to increase its total rates income to manage past and future population growth and increasing service demand. This is proposed as a gradual increase over the next five years. 

Community engagement revealed that the community supports a higher business minimum rate and a differential business rate between the main town centres at Kogarah and Hurstville, so smaller shopping centres don’t pay as much as other larger shopping centres.

Council’s Citizen Advice Group advised Council on the importance of key messaging on the proposed rates changes for the broader community and how to increase understanding about rates more generally. 

The new rates system reflects the desire of the community to maintain current service standards for future generations and to have one fair, equitable and consistent rating system for all Georges River Council ratepayers.

For the average residential ratepayer, the proposed changes will mean around 60 cents extra per week in the first year followed by a $1.35 per week increase each year for the following four years.

In addition, Council continues to be committed to reducing the burden on ratepayers by finding savings and efficiencies in all of its activities. 

The community is encouraged to attend an information webinar and have their say on the proposed changes. To register or to find more information, visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au/new-rates-2021
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