Special Rate Variation
In February 2015 Council submitted a proposal for a special rate variation to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART). On 19 May 2015 IPART determined that Eurobodalla Shire Council could increase the general rate amount by 6.5%, including the rate peg amount, for a period of three years.
The rate variation is applied from July 2015. At the end of the third year, your rates will stay at this new higher level and increase every year by the annual rate peg amount set by IPART.
Despite making considerable savings and securing grants and external funds, we would not have been able to meet the community's needs in the years ahead with the previous rates income. With the special rate variation, we do not have to cut service or maintenance levels and can invest in and renew community and transport infrastructure for the future.
Why did Council apply for a rate variation?
The special rate variation funding proposal was a way of delivering some of the new projects our community has asked for, and for Council to be able to look after our infrastructure at a standard that meets community expectations.
Every dollar of the rate increase is being used to pay for community and transport infrastructure projects that deliver broad economic and social benefits. These projects have already been identified as important to our community and include upgrades to sporting facilities, community halls and playgrounds, parks, roads and bridges and pathways.
To make sure that everyone in Eurobodalla can enjoy an active and healthy life, we will also be using the additional income to:
- improve the accessibility of our playgrounds, viewing platforms and toilets
- upgrade the Batemans Bay CBD around North and Orient Streets to support business growth
- repay bank loans that would fund the initial capital costs of the major infrastructure projects.
These community and transport infrastructure projects are in addition to the ones we already planned and budgeted for in Council's 2013–2017 Delivery Program and those that could be funded from the sale of Council land.
In the rate variation proposal, new and upgraded assets were allocated funding for their whole of life costs. This means that the ongoing maintenance, operation and depreciation costs of these assets would not be added to the previous unfunded infrastructure backlog.
The unfunded backlog of renewal and maintenance works that will be completed in the next four years as a result of the rate variation proposal include:
- road reseals, gravelling unsealed road and upgrading bridges to improve road safety
- maintaining the standard of our parks and reserves by renewing older playgrounds, park furniture, barbecues and stairs
- renewing our sporting ovals through topdressing and field refurbishment and maintaining the standard of amenities
- maintaining the current standard of our community centres, public halls, libraries, pathways, pools, and public toilets
- renewing pathways.
Rate and Debtors Hardship policy
We understand that there may be ratepayers in our community who could experience hardship as a result of a rate increase. Our Rate and Debtors Hardship policy outlines our provisions for those experiencing genuine hardship with the payment of rates and charges:
You can read our application for a special rate variation, submissions made by the community and IPART’s determination on the tribunal’s website:
If you have any questions about the rate variation, please contact us:
- T: 02 4474 1000
- E: firstname.lastname@example.org