You are here

Is the Peninsula's 2011­-12 Rates & Charges Rise Victoria's Worst?

Mornington Peninsula Ratepayer's and Residents' Association says that Mornington Peninsula shire has earned the disgraceful reputation of being the worst financial performing council in Victoria in 2011-­12, that its liveability statement is spin, and that they can't understand why the Council ignored the call by many in the community to advertise for a CEO who can control rate increases.

The Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor, Cr Graham Pittock's spin says the shire budget is a “liveability budget” because rates will only increase 6.8%. However we are confused by his logic.

The fact is that this year the budget shows that ratepayers will be contributing an additional $10.269 million or 9.85% in rates and charges to the shire's “bucket of cash”. This is before the bucket overflows with an additional $1.41 million increase in charges for tip fees.

The Municipal Association of Victoria's list of rates and charges for Victoria's 79 councils shows that only West Wimmera, Murrindindi and Baw Baw have increased rates and charges per assessed property more than the Mornington Peninsula.

West Wimmera and Baw Baw were affected by the recent floods. Murrindindi includes the townships of Marysville and Kinglake and is rebuilding after the 2009 bushfires when 95 people in the shire perished.

The Peninsula escaped relatively lightly compared to these shires and has no excuse to raise the rates to the same extent.

In addition, an examination of the financial statements for the 79 councils in Victoria shows that the shire has the second highest level of borrowings and that the Mornington Peninsula (apart from the major cities of Melbourne and Geelong) has the second highest level of total current financial liabilities of the other councils.

The Ratepayer's Association says that this earns the shire the disgraceful reputation of being the worst financial performing council in Victoria in 2011­12, that the liveability statement is just further spin, and they can't understand why the Council ignored the call by many in the community to advertise for a CEO who can control rate increases.

Source:
MORNINGTON PENINSULA RATEPAYERS' AND RESIDENTS' ASSOCIATION INC
PO Box 4087 Rosebud Vic 3939 E­mail:alanne@ihug.com.au Tel:0413457092

AttachmentSize
Image icon morn-penn-shire-ratepayers.jpg11.7 KB

Comments

Mornington Peninsula Council is out of touch and their 6.8 per cent rate hike is excessive, say ratepayer groups. Hundreds of thousands of dollars being spent on planning issues. It's all about the amendment C87 to stop subdivision, to appease an elitist Mt. Eliza group representing less than 3% of the local rate payers. Councils lose money when developers vie for opportunities, and those with money and privileges want to preserve their large blocks.

This council has has lost sight on Protecting the peninsula. What is needed is money spent on Mount Martha and Mornington's failing Infrastructure to cope with the massive increase in families over the past 5 years. With the Peninsula LInk and the proposed growth in the area, compounded by the threats to our "green wedges", rates are likely to keep increasing to pay for infrastructure needed for growth.

Population growth costs are being passed onto residents, and blowing out economies of scale. Businesses and those who are part of the pro-growth lobby continue to spout about more "prosperity" from a bigger population, but they simply pass the costs onto the public while they reap the benefits. It's no more than a Ponzi investment scheme.