Inner West declared second worst-performing merged council in NSW

The NSW government’s controversial council merger policy is in crisis, with the 20 amalgamated councils losing $1.03 billion in three years and ratepayers facing hikes in rates and cuts in services.

The second worst-performing council in NSW was Inner West Council, formed from the merger of Marrickville, Leichhardt and Ashfield councils, which has lost the equivalent of $124 million since the merger under the leadership of Labor Councillors.

The amalgamation has meant merging three different systems for rates, library services, swimming pools and gyms, waste collection, street cleaning, fees and charges for sports grounds, and computer systems.

The Council has also churned through three CEOs in four years. Greens Councillors have called for more transparency over the departure of the latest CEO and any separation payment that may have been paid, see here.

Read the full story in the Sydney Morning Herald here.