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Council's can be more flexible with rate increases and legal action for unpaid rates

Just in case our councillors and General Manager fail to advise the community.

The Office of Local Government has published detailed FAQs to explain recent local government legislative amendments to support councils and ratepayers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The changes help ensure councils have flexibility to appropriately manage their finances and staff while protecting their community from increasing financial pressures during these difficult times. The local government changes include:

  • Allowing councils to apply IPART’s annual rate peg more flexibly to respond to short-term changes in their community’s ability to pay while ensuring long-term financial sustainability

  • Preventing councils from instigating legal action to recover rates and charges for six months unless financial hardship provisions are considered, and

  • Providing employees with greater flexibility around annual and long service leave entitlements to assist councils to minimise job losses and manage and retain staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The changes were passed by Parliament last week as part of the COVID-19 Legislative Amendment (Emergency Measures-Miscellaneous) Act 2020 No 2. Will Eurobodalla Council now continue with its push for a 2.6% rate increase?

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