The following motion was moved last night by Acting Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney. It was adopted unanimously. Basically, Council is doing a backflip. It is trying to find savings before considering a Rate Variation:
Due to the work being undertaken by the General Manager and the Senior Management Team in undertaking a service review across the entire council to ascertain what organisational changes could be made to improve service delivery and where appropriate reduce costs to allocate back to asset improvements, council resolve not to make application for an increase to IPART for an increase in council’s rate revenue commencing in 2014/15.
Further the General Manager bring back a report by July 2014 outlining the preliminary results of the service review together with a list of cost saving and revenue raising opportunities across Council.
And, that in addition an updated long term financial plan together with a community consultation plan for a new application to IPART for a rate increase commencing in 2015/16 if required, also be bought back to council at the appropriate time to enable council to resolve this matter prior to December 2014.
In moving this minute I note that if this resolution is adopted the public meeting to be held on 4 February is to be cancelled and those who have contacted council indicating they will be attending will be advised tomorrow that the meeting has been cancelled and staff attend the Dougherty Centre to advise that the meeting is cancelled and no application to IPART will be made at this time.