Can I pay Council an extra $262 to subsidise big buisiness? …said no ratepayer ever.
The Municipal Charge does not raise extra revenue – not one cent! All it does is redistribute rates from the top down. Essentially, every property contributes $262, which goes into the pockets of large developers. This discount can be in excess of $100k.
The Local Goverment Act calls the Municipal Charge an ‘administration fee’, but this is clearly misleading. Unlike what’s stated in this Shepparton News editorial, scrapping the charge will not result in an $8m shortfall. Instead, the top end of town will pay their fair share, while the rest of us enjoy an extra $262 to spend around town.