‘A 2.5% assumption’: Orange board CEO David Waddell hopes IPART accepts variation | West Central Daily

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THE threat of a cut in services hangs over the budget of the Town Hall of Orange for the 2022-23 financial year. OCC is one of 90 local government areas in NSW that are sweating a ruling from the Independent Charging and Regulatory Tribunal which will hopefully allow them to raise rates by up to 2.5 per cent at the approaching the new financial year. Previously, IPART announced that it was basing its prices on population growth, which means that Orange could increase its prices by just 0.7%. Councils were then told they could request an additional special variant to raise the ankle. Chief executive David Waddell said Orange City Council plans to pass its 2022-23 budget at its June 23 council meeting. “In this budget, there will be an assumption of 2.5%,” Mr. Waddell said. According to its website, IPART will announce its decision on June 21. If IPART denies the council’s request, Waddell said staff will scramble to revise its projected budget, which will need to be cut by $620,000. “I can’t believe the state government would allow such chaos to occur in this environment, with the uncertainty that reigns,” Mr Waddell said. Mr Waddell said services and staff would be where the council should make cuts. “We would definitely need to look at our workforce. We would need to look at our service delivery. This is operational money, not investment money, so indeed we should be looking at things. day-to-day, not the projects.’You talk about staffing, you talk about all the services, good services and the programs we provide.’Local Government Minister Wendy Tuckerman and NSW Deputy Premier Paul Toole both spoke at the Association of Country Mayors conference in Sydney on Friday. Mr Waddell said neither could shed light on IPART’s position. The question was raised at the last Orange board meeting with Cr Frances Kinghorn and Cr Glenn Floyd voting against the staff recommendation which included approving a resolution made on April 19 to request a permanent additional special post ‘When we have d When discussing this last time, I had asked for additional information as I wanted to understand why Orange’s rates seem to be a bit higher than other councils and the spend is lower. in different areas than the other councils,” she said at the May 17 meeting. She said a series of circular threads and bar charts were emailed to her by staff. “They were very nice but they didn’t give me any more information. I said at the time that I wouldn’t support it unless I could figure it out. So I won’t support it.” Cr Kevin Duffy said he thought IPART should be asked about their position. “It seems the IPART tribunal is living under a rock, prices have gone up so much in the last 12 months or so. Look at the price of bread, milk, fuel is huge, material prices have skyrocketed.” can it only be 0.7%, when we have gone through 10 or 20 years of [rates] increases of 2.8 or 2.3, 2.5… all of a sudden when things get crazy and all the prices go up, uh uh, it’s only 0.7 and there’s no had no real pay raise over the same period.” To read more stories, download the Central Western Daily news app from the Apple Store or Google Play.


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