On the Capping of Council Rates, Amalgamations and the Needed Diversification of Revenue Sources

Lachlan Clyne, Unley Mayor

The recent Liberal Party announcement on capping rate rises for Councils is worthy of consideration. The biggest problem with the announcement was the failure to liaise with the Local Government Association of SA or any Council on the detail of the policy.

Cost of living pressures are enormous and rates are one hole in the household purse. I don’t see why Councils can’t or shouldn’t more effectively and collaboratively work towards this end with the State Government.

Are big or small councils more expensive? On the surface the answer seems big is better but consider this, the ratio of council staff to residents in SA is 1 : 157 compared to the national average of 1 : 116. SA, with a multitude of councils performs the function of local government with less staff than other states with their fewer and larger councils.

Statistics

Indeed when you look at the average size…

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