Special Rate Variation - Pathway to Our Future

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Shoalhaven City Council recently consulted the community on a proposal to again apply to IPART for a Special Rate Variation, for each of the next three financial years: 2018/19; 2019/20 and 2020/21. For further details on the proposal, see the ‘Proposed Special Rate Variation 2018’ section below.


Background

In 2015, Shoalhaven City Council was declared as a ‘Fit for the Future’ Council by the NSW State Government. This was based on a Council submission provided to the Office of Local Government (OLG) and the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) which outlined several actions Council would undertake to improve financial sustainability. Council’s submission included a proposal to permanently increase Shoalhaven’s total general rate income by applying for a Special Rate Variation (SRV).

From November 2016, Council engaged the Shoalhaven community in discussions around increasing the amount of money ratepayers pay to Council as rates. Council also sought community feedback on a number of rate increase options. An increase in rates income would allow Council to increase the level of funding provided for much-needed infrastructure maintenance and renewal, maintenance of services and financial sustainability and address infrastructure requirements for the Verons Estate.

As part of the rates discussion, Council suggested alternatives to rate increases, such as the closure of certain services and facilities, and increases in fees and charges. These alternatives were not accepted by the community. On the contrary, feedback to Council indicated an increase in community expectations and a desire for the community to have new facilities and infrastructure.

After considering feedback from the community, Council decided to apply to IPART for increases above the rate peg of 13.2% in 2017/18 (including actual rate peg limit of 1.5%) and 14% in 2018/19 (including IPART estimated rate peg limit of 2.5%). The application and community engagement process can be viewed on the 'Your Rates, Everybody’s Future' webpage.

The outcome of the application was determined by IPART in May 2017. IPART approved a temporary increase of 13.2% for 2017/18 only. The application for subsequent years was not endorsed as IPART wanted our Delivery Program and Operational Plan to more clearly outline the SRV proposal.


Proposed Special Rate Variation 2018

To ensure consistency with our Long Term Financial Plan (LTFP) and to meet our Fit for the Future benchmarks, Council is now proposing to again apply to IPART, for an SRV, for each of the next three financial years: 2018/19; 2019/20 and 2020/21. Without applying for another SRV, after June 2018, Council’s rate income will only increase in line with the applicable rate peg.

Council will be seeking IPART approval to retain the 13.2% SRV (approved as a one-off increase in 2017/18) as a permanent increase and for the additional special variations:

  • 5.0% in 2018/19 (including an estimated rate peg of 2.5%)
  • 5.0% in 2019/20 (including an estimated rate peg of 2.5%)
  • 5.0% in 2020/21 (including an estimated rate peg of 2.5%)

Council’s 2017 IPART application contained cumulative increases of 35.6%, however, following feedback from the community, Council has reduced the cumulative impact of the proposed rate increases to 31.0% over four years. This is compared to a cumulative increase of 9.3% over four years, if only the rate peg was applied and no SRV.

Council's Integrated Strategic Plan (including the Delivery Program and Operational Plan) has been updated to more clearly outline the SRV proposal. Please view these documents and provide your feedback via one of the methods outlined below. You can download the whole document or view chapters individually.

Integrated Strategic Plan - All Chapters (PDF 13MB)

View chapters individually...


We Want Your Feedback

Council wants to hear your thoughts on the revised proposal. You can provide feedback up until Thursday 23 November 2017 via:

Online - via the Feedback tab below.

Email - Comments can be sent to council@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au

Mail - Comments can be posted to: The General Manager, PO Box 42, Nowra NSW 2541.

Public Meetings:

Come along to a public meeting to learn more about the Special Rate Variation proposal. Council’s General Manager and Directors, senior staff and Councillors will be in attendance to engage in discussions and answer questions. Public meetings will be held:

  • Tuesday 31 October 2017 at 7.00pm at Huskisson Community Centre
  • Wednesday 1 November 2017 at 7.00pm at Ulladulla Civic Centre - Auditorium
  • Monday 13 November 2017 at 7.00pm at the Nowra School of Arts

No RSVP is required. For more information on the public meetings, email council@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au or phone (02) 4429 3111.


Impact on Average Rate Payer

The following chart illustrates the impact of the proposed rate rise on average residential rates. Please note that the value of your property, in comparison to other properties in the Shoalhaven, helps determine how much you pay in rates. This means your rates may be significantly more or less than average.

Without applying for another SRV, after June 2018, Council’s rate income will only increase in line with the applicable rate peg.


Learn More

Further information can be found in the FAQ and document archive sections of this page.

Links to Council's previous IPART application and details of the community engagement process can be viewed on the Your Rates, Everybody’s Future webpage. Council's previous Integrated Strategic Plan can be viewed on the Delivering for Your Future webpage.


Shoalhaven City Council recently consulted the community on a proposal to again apply to IPART for a Special Rate Variation, for each of the next three financial years: 2018/19; 2019/20 and 2020/21. For further details on the proposal, see the ‘Proposed Special Rate Variation 2018’ section below.


Background

In 2015, Shoalhaven City Council was declared as a ‘Fit for the Future’ Council by the NSW State Government. This was based on a Council submission provided to the Office of Local Government (OLG) and the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) which outlined several actions Council would undertake to improve financial sustainability. Council’s submission included a proposal to permanently increase Shoalhaven’s total general rate income by applying for a Special Rate Variation (SRV).

From November 2016, Council engaged the Shoalhaven community in discussions around increasing the amount of money ratepayers pay to Council as rates. Council also sought community feedback on a number of rate increase options. An increase in rates income would allow Council to increase the level of funding provided for much-needed infrastructure maintenance and renewal, maintenance of services and financial sustainability and address infrastructure requirements for the Verons Estate.

As part of the rates discussion, Council suggested alternatives to rate increases, such as the closure of certain services and facilities, and increases in fees and charges. These alternatives were not accepted by the community. On the contrary, feedback to Council indicated an increase in community expectations and a desire for the community to have new facilities and infrastructure.

After considering feedback from the community, Council decided to apply to IPART for increases above the rate peg of 13.2% in 2017/18 (including actual rate peg limit of 1.5%) and 14% in 2018/19 (including IPART estimated rate peg limit of 2.5%). The application and community engagement process can be viewed on the 'Your Rates, Everybody’s Future' webpage.

The outcome of the application was determined by IPART in May 2017. IPART approved a temporary increase of 13.2% for 2017/18 only. The application for subsequent years was not endorsed as IPART wanted our Delivery Program and Operational Plan to more clearly outline the SRV proposal.


Proposed Special Rate Variation 2018

To ensure consistency with our Long Term Financial Plan (LTFP) and to meet our Fit for the Future benchmarks, Council is now proposing to again apply to IPART, for an SRV, for each of the next three financial years: 2018/19; 2019/20 and 2020/21. Without applying for another SRV, after June 2018, Council’s rate income will only increase in line with the applicable rate peg.

Council will be seeking IPART approval to retain the 13.2% SRV (approved as a one-off increase in 2017/18) as a permanent increase and for the additional special variations:

  • 5.0% in 2018/19 (including an estimated rate peg of 2.5%)
  • 5.0% in 2019/20 (including an estimated rate peg of 2.5%)
  • 5.0% in 2020/21 (including an estimated rate peg of 2.5%)

Council’s 2017 IPART application contained cumulative increases of 35.6%, however, following feedback from the community, Council has reduced the cumulative impact of the proposed rate increases to 31.0% over four years. This is compared to a cumulative increase of 9.3% over four years, if only the rate peg was applied and no SRV.

Council's Integrated Strategic Plan (including the Delivery Program and Operational Plan) has been updated to more clearly outline the SRV proposal. Please view these documents and provide your feedback via one of the methods outlined below. You can download the whole document or view chapters individually.

Integrated Strategic Plan - All Chapters (PDF 13MB)

View chapters individually...


We Want Your Feedback

Council wants to hear your thoughts on the revised proposal. You can provide feedback up until Thursday 23 November 2017 via:

Online - via the Feedback tab below.

Email - Comments can be sent to council@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au

Mail - Comments can be posted to: The General Manager, PO Box 42, Nowra NSW 2541.

Public Meetings:

Come along to a public meeting to learn more about the Special Rate Variation proposal. Council’s General Manager and Directors, senior staff and Councillors will be in attendance to engage in discussions and answer questions. Public meetings will be held:

  • Tuesday 31 October 2017 at 7.00pm at Huskisson Community Centre
  • Wednesday 1 November 2017 at 7.00pm at Ulladulla Civic Centre - Auditorium
  • Monday 13 November 2017 at 7.00pm at the Nowra School of Arts

No RSVP is required. For more information on the public meetings, email council@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au or phone (02) 4429 3111.


Impact on Average Rate Payer

The following chart illustrates the impact of the proposed rate rise on average residential rates. Please note that the value of your property, in comparison to other properties in the Shoalhaven, helps determine how much you pay in rates. This means your rates may be significantly more or less than average.

Without applying for another SRV, after June 2018, Council’s rate income will only increase in line with the applicable rate peg.


Learn More

Further information can be found in the FAQ and document archive sections of this page.

Links to Council's previous IPART application and details of the community engagement process can be viewed on the Your Rates, Everybody’s Future webpage. Council's previous Integrated Strategic Plan can be viewed on the Delivering for Your Future webpage.