Finance & Rates

Rates increases were excessive prior to 2012: about 7% per annum – but since then they have been the lowest in Yarra Ranges history. I fought for no rate rise in the 2021 budget but was a lone voice at the council table. I strongly believe that as we recover from COVID this is critical and will continue to fight for this.

Council have the authority to approve the Council budget and rating strategy. If rate rises are proposed at an unacceptable level then Council can and should ask for an amended budget that identifies cost efficiencies and suggest re-prioritisation of activities and/or projects. Council then make the decision about the final rate increase figure and this should reflect the views of community.

Authorised by Bruce Argyle, 36 Old Fernshaw Road, Healesville 3777