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Rate capping puts your community services at risk.

You might think "rate capping" sounds like a good idea because some State politicians say it's designed to save you money.

But it will actually cost you more than it saves.

There is strong evidence from interstate and overseas showing the negative impact rate capping has on communities.

Local councils invest tens of millions of dollars each year in community infrastructure and services. The majority of those services and facilities are discretionary, meaning councils are not legally required to provide them. But they still rely on rates collected from ratepayers, and you’d miss them if they were gone.

These services could be at risk if rate capping is introduced in South Australia. The things you value could be taken away from you.

There is no legal requirement for councils to fund libraries, provide recreation and sporting facilities, maintain jetties, or look after parks and gardens.

They don’t have to collect hard waste, undertake street cleaning, plant or maintain street trees, facilitate community events and festivals, or protect the public through food inspections.

Your rates pay for the services you want in your community. Rate capping threatens those services.

Don’t cap our communities. Don’t support rate capping.

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What is rate capping?

On the surface rate capping may sound like a good idea. But dig a little deeper and it soon becomes apparent that it this policy will cost communities more than it will save them.

Rate capping refers to a percentage limit being placed on the amount that councils can increase their total revenue from council rates each year.

Rate capping limits councils’ ability to provide local services and puts discretionary services at risk.

It’s an empty promise – rate capping will cost you more than it saves.

For further information please visit www.lga.sa.gov.au/ratecappingfacts.

Click here to download this as a printable fact sheet.

It will affect services

The sector’s opposition to rate capping is supported by compelling evidence from interstate and overseas that demonstrates the negative impact it has had on communities where it has been introduced.

Councils invest tens of millions of dollars each year in community infrastructure and services.

Rate capping places undue pressure on councils and has been shown to affect the maintenance of public infrastructure such as roads, footpaths, sports club facilities, parks and playgrounds – shifting the burden of repair or replacement to future generations.

It has meant the discontinuation of services that contribute to building strong, vibrant communities.

It has resulted in increased council fees and charges to offset the loss of income, meaning that promised cost-of-living savings are inaccurate.

It’s an empty promise

Council rates are only a fraction of the total taxes paid by Australians – less than 4% in fact.  (The federal government collects approximately 80% of the taxes, while state governments collect about 16%.)

ABS figures from 2014/15 show that South Australian councils raise the lowest revenue per capita of any state in Australia.

While rates per capita are higher in South Australia, council fees and charges are much lower here than they are interstate.

A cap on rates would put pressure on councils to raise additional revenue through increasing fees and charges – impacting disproportionately on those who can least afford to pay.

As the closest government to communities, councils understand many South Australians are doing it tough, and offer support to households struggling to make ends meet through mandatory and discretionary rebates, remissions and postponement of rates.

It’s undemocratic

In contrast to both state and federal governments, councils are required under legislation to collect and consider feedback from ratepayers before deciding what they will include in their annual business plan, and what the associated rate increase will be.

There are examples where this process has led to postponement of planned programs and therefore a revised (lower) rate increase. There are also examples where communities have elected to increase rates to receive higher service levels or undertake major local infrastructure projects.

The introduction of rate capping will negate the purpose of consultation, putting decision making power in the hands of a state government entity that is not accountable to local communities.

It’s unwarranted

In 2015 the South Australian Economic and Finance Committee undertook an Inquiry into Local Government Rate Capping Policies. It concluded that rate capping should not be introduced in South Australia, and recommended that local councils retain full authority to set their own rates.

Local government in South Australia is supportive of sensible local government reform that will drive efficiencies without hurting communities.

It will affect you

Most people are surprised to learn that the vast majority of services provided by councils are discretionary, with very few services mandated under legislation.

Rate capping would squeeze budgets to the point where all services that are not mandatory under legislation would be at risk of being cut, reduced, or not maintained.

There is no legal requirement for councils to fund libraries, provide recreation and sporting facilities, maintain jetties, or look after parks and gardens.

They don’t have to collect hard waste, undertake street cleaning, plant or maintain street trees, facilitate community events and festivals, or protect the public through food inspections.

Councils provide services in close consultation with their communities.  Under rate capping, the conversation will change from what councils and communities can do together, to what councils will stop doing because of forced budget cuts.

Why shouldn't I support rate capping?

The vast majority of services provided by councils are discretionary; very few are mandatory under legislation.

Rate capping would squeeze budgets to the point where all discretionary services would be at risk of being cut, reduced, or not maintained.

Compelling evidence from interstate and overseas demonstrates the negative impact rate capping has had on communities where it has been introduced.

Rate capping has been shown to affect the maintenance of public infrastructure such as roads, footpaths, sports club facilities, parks and playgrounds.

It has meant the discontinuation of services that contribute to building strong, vibrant communities.

It has resulted in increased council fees and charges to offset the loss of income, meaning that promised cost-of-living savings are inaccurate.

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To find out what other state policies are negatively impacting your community click here Rate capping facts

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Act now!

Protect your community and join the campaign to oppose rate capping. Write to your local MP or candidate now.

To send an email to some or all of the candidates who want your vote in your local electorate and for the Senate, click below. 

A template email will be generated in your usual email system and you will then be able to edit it and/or modify where it is sent before you click SEND.

To find out more about the election process visit the AEC website here: http://www.aec.gov.au/Voting/How_to_Vote/

To find out which local electorate covers where you live visit this page: https://electorate.aec.gov.au/ or https://www.ecsa.sa.gov.au/voting

1. Adelaide

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PRICE, Betty-Jean - Dignity Party Inc
SIMMS, Robert - The Greens
CHAPLEY, Jo - Australian Labor Party
SANDERSON, Rachel - Liberal Party

2. Badcoe

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BICKFORD, Kate - Nick Xenophon's SA-BEST
CLYNE, Lachlan - Liberal Party
STINSON, Jayne - Australian Labor Party
DURKIN, Lily - Dignity Party Inc
WOODWARD, John - Independent Practical Experienced
ROZITIS, Stef - The Greens

3. Black

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WILSON, Randall - Australian Labor Party
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SVETLICHNY, Anastasia - Dignity Party Inc
SPEIRS, David - Liberal Party

4. Bragg

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5. Chaffey

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CHALLIS, Richard - Dignity Party Inc
WHETSTONE, Tim - Liberal Party
POINTER, Philip - The Greens
SCOTT, Trevor - Conservatives
SINGH-MALHI, Sim - Australian Labor Party

6. Cheltenham

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WEATHERILL, Jay - Australian Labor Party
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McCAUL, Madeline - Dignity Party Inc

7. Colton

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VAUGHAN, Angela - Australian Labor Party

8. Croydon

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MALINAUSKAS, Peter - Australian Labor Party
LANGE, Nathan - The Greens
McGINLEY, Lucy - Dignity Party Inc
KARPATHAKIS, Julia - Nick Xenophon's SA-BEST
GESTI, Gabor - Danig Party of Australia (SA Division)

9. Davenport

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PHOTAKIS, John - The Greens
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MURRAY, Steve - Liberal Party
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10. Dunstan

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MARSHALL, Steven - Liberal Party
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LOADER, Matt - Australian Labor Party
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11. Elder

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HABIB, Carolyn - Liberal Party
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DIGANCE, Annabel - Australian Labor Party
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12. Elizabeth

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13. Enfield

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RAU, John - Australian Labor Party

14. Finniss

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BASHAM, David - Liberal Party

15. Flinders

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DUDLEY, Ian - The Greens
TRELOAR, Peter - Liberal Party
WATSON, Julie - Australian Labor Party

16. Florey

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SHARMA, Gagan - Liberal Party
RUSSELL, Geoff - Animal Justice Party

17. Frome

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CONNOR, Cat - Dignity Party Inc
ELLIOT, Annette - Australian Labor Party

18. Gibson

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CAREY, Matthew - Australian Labor Party
CONNOR, Garry - Dignity Party Inc
ROZITISOLDS, Gwydion - The Greens
WINGARD, Corey - Liberal Party

19. Giles

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20. Hammond

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21. Hartley

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XENOPHON, Nick - Nick Xenophon's SA-BEST

22. Heysen

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23. Hurtle Vale

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MORTIER, Nikki - The Greens

24. Kaurna

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McMAHON, Simon - Liberal Party
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PICTON, Chris - Australian Labor Party

25. Kavel

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GROSSER, Ian - The Greens
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RODERT, Cristina - Dignity Party Inc
PFEIFFER, Louise - Animal Justice Party
CREGAN, Dan - Liberal Party

26. King

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DUNCAN, Julie - Australian Labor Party
LUETHEN, Paula - Liberal Party

27. Lee

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LITTLER, Tiffany - Dignity Party Inc
O'SULLIVAN, Patrick - The Greens

28. Light

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GREEN, Felicity - The Greens

29. MacKillop

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McBRIDE, Nick - Liberal Party
PETERS, Donella - The Greens

30. Mawson

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BIGNELL, Leon - Australian Labor Party

31. Morialta

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FARROW, Tim - Dignity Party Inc
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32. Morphett

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SIEBENTRITT, Mark - Australian Labor Party
KWAN, Monica - Dignity Party Inc
JONES, Simon - Nick Xenophon's SA-BEST
McFETRIDGE, Duncan - Independent
CRABBE, Chris - The Greens
PATTERSON, Stephen - Liberal Party

33. Mount Gambier

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AMOROSO, Kate - Nick Xenophon's SA-BEST
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SCRIVEN, Isabel - Australian Labor Party
MARSH, Craig - Liberal Party
CLARKE, Gavin - The Greens

34. Narungga

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35. Newland

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STEWART, Stephanie - The Greens
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WILLIAMS, Sandra - Dignity Party Inc
KENYON, Tom - Australian Labor Party

36. Playford

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SZUTY, Helen - Nick Xenophon's SA-BEST
LE CERF, Brock - The Greens
BROWN, Michael - Australian Labor Party

37. Port Adelaide

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TINGEY, Bryan - Dignity Party Inc
HANCOCK, Nicholas - Animal Justice Party
JOHANSON, Gary - Nick Xenophon's SA-BEST
McLAREN, Chad - Liberal Party
MOORS, Danica - The Greens
MATTHEWS, Peter - Danig Party of Australia (SA Division)
CLOSE, Susan - Australian Labor Party

38. Ramsay

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FERRIS, Brett - The Greens
CHARLES, Nick - Liberal Party
BETTISON, Zoe - Australian Labor Party
GEORGE, Tarnia - Nick Xenophon's SA-BEST

39. Reynell

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TREE, Anna - Dignity Party Inc
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MAUSOLF, Joanne - Nick Xenophon's SA-BEST
JURY, Daniel - The Greens

40. Schubert

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HAEBICH, David - Australian Labor Party
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IRVING, Dave - The Greens
KNOLL, Stephan - Liberal Party

41. Stuart

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FITZGERALD, Brendan - The Greens
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THOMAS, Khatija - Australian Labor Party

42. Taylor

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TAYLOR, Sonja - Nick Xenophon's SA-BEST
RANDELL, Kate - The Greens
SHARMA, Sarika - Liberal Party
GEE, Jon - Australian Labor Party

43. Torrens

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DUTHIE, John - Dignity Party Inc
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KENNY, Therese - Liberal Party
DINOVITSER, Alex - The Greens

44. Unley

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PISONI, David - Liberal Party
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CENTRELLA, Dario - Stop Population Growth Now
WATKINS, Anne - Dignity Party Inc

45. Waite

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TUCKER, Cathi - Dignity Party Inc
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DAVIES, Graham - Nick Xenophon's SA-BEST
DULUK, Sam - Liberal Party
WHITE, Brendan - The Greens

46. West Torrens

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BEDDALL, Phillip - Dignity Party Inc
FORZA, Livio - The Greens
KOUTSANTONIS, Tom - Australian Labor Party
DIMAS, Josh - Danig Party of Australia (SA Division)
CRUZ, Helika - Liberal Party

47. Wright

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BOYER, Blair - Australian Labor Party
MESISCA, Luigi - Liberal Party
HARNESS, Jennifer - The Greens
HENNINGSEN, Natasha - Nick Xenophon's SA-BEST

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