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City of Canterbury Bankstown has questioned the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal’s recommendation, to shift the entire cost of running local government elections to councils.
Mayor Khal Asfour said the cost of such a decision would be significant for ratepayers, including in Canterbury-Bankstown.
"It would be an extra $900,000 for our City," he said.
"This is not a cost councils can simply meet, particularly when the NSW and Federal Governments are reducing funding to councils, yet requiring them to do more of their work."
IPART is claiming the move, which it suggests should be introduced in time for the 2020 local government elections, would save the NSW Electoral Commission around $2.6 million.
"It’s just another case of cost shifting," Mayor Asfour said.
"On top of that, IPART is suggesting the cost of the NSW Electoral Commission holding elections for councils be passed onto ratepayers in full and, yet also acknowledges there are barriers preventing private companies from providing the service.
"It’s simply not a competitive market and it admits it, yet it’s proposing measures be introduced to increase competition after the 2020 election, which is only just over a year away.
"In the meantime, ratepayers are expected to wear the bill."
City of Canterbury Bankstown is finalising its submission to meet the IPART deadline for public feedback of Friday 19 July 2019.
"We believe the Government should defer passing on the increase until at least 2024, when IPART is indicating the NSW Electoral Commission will no longer have a monopoly," Mayor Asfour said.
"It just makes more sense to do it that way."
26/07/2019 10:00 AM