The Essential Services Commission today published the names of councils that have applied for a rate increase higher than the cap of 2.5 per cent set by the Minister for
Local Government, Natalie Hutchins, for 2016-17 under the Fair Go Rates System.
The detailed applications of those councils applying for a higher cap have also been published on the Commission’s website (esc.vic.gov.au).
Of the 21 councils that notified the Commission of their intention to apply for a higher cap in January 2016, 10 councils have now submitted an application for a higher cap.
Over the next two months the Essential Services Commission will be reviewing these applications. This is in line with its role as the independent body charged with
assessing whether the matters set out in the Fair Go Rates legislation have been addressed by the respective councils. Each application will be assessed on a case- by-case basis.
The Commission will endeavour to notify councils of its decision in respect of an application within two months of receipt. The Commission anticipates all decisions will be completed by 31 May 2016. All Commission decisions will be made public, including a statement of reasons accompanying each decision.
Whilst the Commission may seek further information, as necessary, from the councils on their applications, it will not be commenting publicly on these applications during its assessment period.