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Essential Services Commission rate capping submission

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The MAV has provided a draft submission to the Essential Services Commission (ESC) on the rate capping framework.

The submission (PDF - 201KB) identifies the MAV’s opposition to rate capping councils. In recognising the task being undertaken by the ESC, we recommend a flexible approach be adopted that is aligned to the existing council planning and budget cycle process, and recognises the financial pressures on the sector.

We have also advocated for a three-tiered approach to a cap – an 'as of right' rating increase, a threshold for a ‘light touch’ review by the ESC, and a third category involving a more intensive review.

The draft submission will be forwarded to councils for their comment before it is finalised.

For further information, contact Owen Harvey-Beavis.

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