NSW councils seek to raise rates by 15pc

NSW councils seek to raise rates by 15pc

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Some Sydney councils say they need more money to maintain playgrounds as they seek to raise rates.

Some Sydney councils say they need more money to maintain playgrounds as they seek to raise rates.

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Residents in parts of NSW may see their rates go up substantially if their councils have their way. Councils in Burwood, Hunters Hill, Ku-ring-gai, North Sydn...

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Residents in parts of NSW may see their rates go up substantially if their councils have their way.

Councils in Burwood, Hunters Hill, Ku-ring-gai, North Sydney, Randwick and Sutherland Shire have applied to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal to up rates by up to 15 per cent a year, the Sun-Herald reports.

This well above the 2.7 per cent maximum increase set by the pricing regulator.

Accusing the state government of starving them of cash, the councils say they need additional funds to pay for roads, drains and playgrounds.

A decision will be made by IPART by next month, the paper says.

Australian Associated Press

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