NORTH SYDNEY COUNCIL does not need a 7% pa rate rise for the next 5 years

NORTH SYDNEY COUNCIL does not need a 7% pa rate rise for the next 5 years

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North Sydney Residents Alliance started this petition to John Madden (IPART) and

NORTH SYDNEY COUNCIL HAVE VOTED TO RAISE OUR RATES & RENTS by more than 40%.
Mayor Jilly Gibson and Councillors Stephen Barbour, Alana Drummend (the Mayor's daughter), Jessica Keen and Ian Mutton deceitfully & shamefully voted to raise rates by 7% each year for 5 years.
THERE IS NO JUSTIFICATION FOR THIS RATE RISE - COUNCIL IS IN EXCELLENT FINANCIAL SHAPE, MEETS ALL KPIs  AND CONTINUES TO RUN SURPLUSES.
It is now up to IPART (Independent Pricing & Regulatory Tribunal) to assess Council's application.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Sign this petition, and,
Write, email, phone IPART and state that you OBJECT
to this unnecessary & shameful additional cost to ratepayers and renters. Grounds for objection include:
1. No justification – North Sydney Council is in strong financial shape and in surplus
2. Council has rushed this application without considering other options or efficiencies
3. Council’s most recent SRV has only just expired
4. Increased cost of living – unfair and unjustified impost in the face of historic low wages, low interest rates, many residents/ratepayers are on fixed incomes
5. Financial information is incomplete and lacks sufficient detail to analyse the proposal
6. Inadequate community consultation and engagement – held over the Christmas/New Year period when many residents were away or uncontactable
7. Lack of awareness of proposed rate rise within the North Sydney community
8. Council resolution was made at 29 January 2019 Council meeting – the community were unaware that there was a meeting as Council has never held a January Council meeting
9. There has been no consideration of other options such as special levies for businesses or particular projects
10. Council has made NO EFFORT to operate more efficiently
We ask that IPART give North Sydney Council's application due consideration and reject it on its merits.
North Sydney Council have failed to justify such a huge impost on its residents, particularly in the current economic environment.
We therefore ask IPART not to approve the North Sydney Council rate rise.
SPEAK UP NOW  - COUNCILLORS ARE THERE REPRESENT YOU
IPART contact:        John Madden
Email:                        John_Madden@ipart.nsw.gov.au
                                  localgovernment@ipart.nsw.gov.au
Phone:                       02 - 9113 7780
In person:                 Level 15, 2-24 Rawson Place, Sydney NSW 2000
By post:                     PO Box K35, Haymarket Post Shop, NSW 1240

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