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Stop cost shifting

Stop cost shifting

Council rates are essential for maintaining vibrant, clean and safe local communities.

The average South Australian household pays around $25 per week in council rates.

We know that adds up. But do you know how many services your rates actually fund?

Local council services are part of your everyday. Watch this video to find out what happens to your rates and how you can make sure they’re spent on the local services you want.

Cost shifting from state to local government adds millions of dollars to council costs, resulting in increased council rates.

Cost shifting is inconsistent with open, responsive and accountable government.  When costs are shifted, blame is also shifted.  Many ratepayers are not aware of the state government costs that are being passed on to them through their council rates.

Cost shifting from state to local government costs councils millions of dollars in higher costs or lost revenue each year.

The growing burden of state and federal government costs shifted to local government puts upward pressure on council rates.

Council budgets are being squeezed by cost shifting combined with state government restrictions on council revenue raising.

Councils could borrow more to cover costs, but higher debt would penalise future generations of rate payers and debt repayment will be more difficult if rate capping is introduced.

Cost shifting creates uncertainty for local government and makes planning and budgeting for delivery of facilities and services more difficult.

Ultimately it’s the ratepayers that suffer - and it’s time for cost shifting to stop.

For more information about cost shifting, how it’s impacting on you and what can be done about it, download a copy of our cost shifting information paper here.

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