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MAV calling for a fairer funding deal

The state’s peak council body is lobbyingfor a fairer deal for local government as a 2.5 per cent cap on rates comes into force.

Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) president Bill McArthur said the group was working to restore balance when it came to services jointly funded by state and local government. He said many councils were reassessing whether to continue services that were a state government responsibility.

“For decades, an increasingrange of services have been providedby councils under shared funding agreements withthe state. The MAV’s data shows that over time, the state’s contribution has reduced, stopped completely or not kept pace with costs –leaving ratepayers to foot the bill,” hesaid.

MAV president Bill McArthur.

“Many agreements were originally 50:50 funding splits with the state like school crossing supervisors and SES units.

“Public libraries are now funded 83 per cent by councils, with the state only providing 17 per cent,creating a funding gap of $73 million annually for councils… Maternal and child health services are closer to a 40:60funding split,creating a gap of $13 millionfor councils.”

The Moyne Shire is facing an annual budget shortfall of $600,000 and both Warrnambool City and Corangamite are expecting a $500,000 cut under rate capping.Speaking at their meeting last month, Corangamite Shire councillors said it was time to push back oncost shifting.

“The state government should be paying for a greater proportion of emergency management e.g. SES and fire safety prevention,” councillor Neil Trotter said.

“If the government limits our capacity to raise revenue to meet community expectations then there should be no surprise when councils refuse to pay for services that should be the state and federal governments’ responsibility.”

Cr Ruth Gstrein said the level of state government cost shifting had got “completely out of control”.

“Libraries for us used to be an 80-20 split with the state putting up the majority of the funding, that has now completely reversed over the years,” she said.

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