At the Community
Forum convened by Eurobodalla Council in March, 2010 to consider its
Management Plan, which included an overall rate rise of 7.5% next year,
there was much dissatisfaction expressed among the 70 ratepayers present
concerning Council's performance and its attitude to the community.
There were many
criticisms of Council's financial management, high staffing levels and
dissatisfaction with its indifference to community opinions.
The consensus was that Council had become too big, too expensive, bureaucratic
and isolated from the community it serves.
At the conclusion of the Forum there was a call for volunteers to form
an ongoing Shire-wide community group to keep watch on Council to improve
its performance. A small group has incorporated under the name Eurobodalla
Ratepayers Association, adopted Aims and Objectives and started to work
actively towards expanding its membership and seeking to improve governance
in this Shire.
ERA now believes that a comprehensive external review of Council's financial
and management proficiency is required.
The Association welcomes all members of the community, not just ratepayers.
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of the many tasks the ERA set out to achieve for their the Ratepayers
Monitoring Council decisions.
- Identifying wasteful spending
- Resisting Special Rate Variations
- Urging for an independent review of Council operations
- Opposing cuts to community facilities and services
- Promoting publicity about community needs
- Being ready to follow up your concerns
- Growing the size of our membership so we can influence Council decisions
do we give Council the message to STOP SPENDING MONEY they don't
that when Council engages in community consultation the outcome
truly reflects the community's input.
By reminding Council that ratepayers money is collected for
the provision of essential services. Other spending needs to
By insisting on greater transparency of Council's Budgets and
By encouraging Councillors to fulfil their responsibility to
promote prudent governance and tight financial management.
By advocating an external review of Council's operations.
need members who can be an active part of various committee activities.
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