Harmonisation of Rates

As a result of the forced amalgamation of the former Marrickville, Ashfield and Leichhardt Councils policies and services from garbage to planning and rates are required by the NSW Government to be the same.

For a range of reasons that means that those of us who live in the former Marrickville local government area will all be paying more for rates, whereas residents in the former Ashfield and Leichardt will be paying less.

The total amount of rates collected by Council will not increase, and nor will services. It’s difficult not to wonder what would have happened in the former Marrickville and Leichhardt Councils would have legally challenged the amalgamations as was done successfully by a number of Liberal dominated Councils in the eastern suburbs and North Shore.  The legal challenge was supported by Greens Councilors on both former Councils, but opposed by Labor, Liberal and independent Councillors.

I successfully moved an amendment at last night’s meeting that Council information will show the dollar increase in rates for the bottom, middle and top rates so residents can see the impact of the rates rise for our area. The news rates structure will be on exhibition soon on the Inner West Council website at https://yoursay.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/

By Clr Colin Hesse