Options for Achieving A Better Road Network - The case for a Special Rate Variation
In 2012 a large scale community survey across the shire identified that maintenance of sealed and unsealed rural roads and town streets were three of the top five activities where Council services were not meeting community expectations.
In response to this community feedback and following the development of challenging budgets through 2012 to 2014, Council has in the past two years been carefully considering a number of options for a Special Rate Variation.
In New South Wales, the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) is the independent regulator that determines the maximum prices that can be charged for local government rates, called ‘rate pegging’.
In November 2013 Council decided that it would formally advise IPART that it intended to seek a Special Rate Variation above rate pegging.
If approved by IPART, the Special Rate Variation will apply for a period of three years being 2015/2016, 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 financial years culminating in additional revenue of $951,750 and retained permanently in Council’s rate base from the 2017/2018 financial year. This will provide Council with ongoing capacity to maintain and improve its extensive road network.
Council believes that a sustainable and affordable increase in rates is essential if Council is to meet the needs and expectations of the community across a range of services.
The Options For Achieving A Better Road Network - Community Engagement Guide (2.3 MB) details the future challenges that Council faces in maintaining services including its road network, and provides options regarding service levels for you to consider, 1 or 2:
Option 1 - sustainable increase for asset renewal to improve service levels, - or
Option 2 - no rate increase above rate peg
Maps outlining proposed works under Special Rate Variation for 2015/2016 to 2017/2018.
Urban – Resealing Program Maps
Financial Impact Analysis
Click here to view the Western Research Institute Final Report Financial Impact Analysis of the Special Rates Variation.
During November IRIS Research conducted a telephone survey of a sample of residents to ask questions about Options 1 and 2 mentioned above and gauge community attitudes. To view the survey results please click here.
Community Information Days
Community information days were conducted across the shire in November, see below.
Community Information Days
Thursday, 20 November 2014 2.00pm - 4.00pm
|Outside IGA Supermarket|
Friday, 21 November 2014 9.30am - 11.30am
|Adjacent to Newsagency|
Friday, 21 November 2014 2.00pm - 4.00pm
|Outside Council Office|
||Friday, 28 November 2014 9.30am - 11.30am
||Outside Henty Library|
||Friday, 28 November 2014 2.00pm - 4.00pm
||Outside Cafe/Post Office|
Your Feedback Is Important
You can comment via Facebook, email firstname.lastname@example.org your thoughts to or write to us at Greater Hume Shire Council, Reply Paid 99, HOLBROOK NSW 2644 (no stamp required), or Fax to: (02) 6036 2683.
Your feedback is important. If you prefer ring Council, Freecall 1300 653 538 if you wish to speak to a member of staff.
You can fill a Submission Form and return to Council. To download the Submission Form please click here.
You can make a comment via Greater Hume Shire Council Facebook pagepage.
The closing date for all submissions is 4pm 24 December 2014.
Step 1 – find your Rates and Charges Notice 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015
Step 2 - Click on our SRV Rates Calculator to estimate your annual rates for the first year of the Special Rate Variation.
Step 3 – Select your Category from the drop down list and enter Rating Value as shown on your rates notice. Refer to example as shown. The SRV Rates Calculator will automatically calculate the rates payable for 2015/2016 year.
Please note: The estimated rates shown are General Rates only and do not include additional charges for garbage, water, sewer or other services. The estimate provided is for the 2015 / 2016 financial year. Rate increases for years two and three of the Special Rate Variation will be similar amounts accruing on a cumulative basis over the three year period of the Special Rate Variation.