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Environment Levy

Has Council changed its position on the importance of the Environment Levy which has been in place since 2000 and was approved by IPART on a permanent basis in 2016?

No. Council has not changed its position on the importance of the Environment Levy. Council has strongly supported the principles of the Environment Levy since its introduction in 2000 and this stance has not changed. 

This is further demonstrated through Council’s application to the Independent Planning and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) in 2016 to have the Environment Levy permanently included in its rating structure from the 2019/20 financial year. This application was approved by IPART in May 2016.

As outlined in the draft 2019/20 Operational Plan and Budget, Council has conducted a review of the staffing resources which contribute to the management of the Environment Levy Program. 

It has been recommended that the management resources which oversee this important program be reflected in the overall expenditure for the Environment Levy for the next five years. 

This proposal was recommended on the basis that it would then allow Council to utilise the General Fund savings to partially offset the proposed contributions towards the Regional Art Gallery.

This proposal was included in the draft 2019/20 Operational Plan and Budget for the purpose of public comment and feedback. Council will reconsider the proposal at the Council Meeting on 12 June 2019. 

For more information visit www.yoursaywingecarribee.com.au/ipr_2019_20.

Last Updated: June 5th, 2019
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