23 August, 2016

Lithgow cuts to services


From: Lithgow Ratepayers [mailto:lithgowratepayers@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, 2 August 2016 7:53 AM
To: Lithgow Ratepayers
Subject: Lithgow Mercury: 'Lithgow City Council to "explore" cuts to services and rate rises as part of local government reforms.'

Lithgow Mercury:  'Lithgow City Council to "explore" cuts to
services and rate rises as part of local government reforms.'


On the eve of the Lithgow City Council Elections, this doesn't sound very good:

"LITHGOW City Council will explore potential cuts to and removal of some council services to get its finances in line with criteria set by the NSW Government’s Office of Local Government.

Options for improving finances included reducing service levels, removing services or parts of them altogether and disposing of council assets.

Lithgow City Council General Manager Roger Bailey said it was too early to say what services would be either reduced or removed.

The resubmission states council may also improve finances through operational savings and increasing revenue through fees and charges.

It also states council may use a combination of these options but if doing so does not sufficiently improve finances by June 30, 2018 they will seek a Special Rate Variation (SRV).

According to the report a rate increase around 12 per cent is needed currently for council to reach the financial criteria set by the OLG."



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