Fairer Fees

Local Government faces a delicate balance in allocating available resources to deliver the greatest return in meeting community needs and aspirations.

This task is made more challenging because of unfair rates exemptions and some fees and charges that have been set by legislation but have not changed for years.

Inequitable rates exemptions (estimated to represent two percent of total rates revenue) and failure to recover the full cost of service delivery through fees and charges means the whole community is subsidising a few.

WALGA has been calling on the State Government to review exemptions and fees and charges for a number of years to ensure that rates and fees and charged fairly.

Without a review that addresses rates and fees inequities means that some members of the community are paying too little for the services they use, and some are paying too much.

An independent review into rate exemptions and fees and charges will ensure Local Governments have access to resources to meet the community’s needs fairly and equitably.

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