WAR OF WORDS: Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Tanya Milligan has told the state government to collect its own levies.
WAR OF WORDS: Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Tanya Milligan has told the state government to collect its own levies. Dominic Elsome

Council tells state to collect its own levies

LOCKYER Valley Regional Council has lashed the state government, and told it to collect its own levies.

At its meeting yesterday, the council voted to adopt several motions to be submitted to the LGAQ Annual Conference in October.

Among them were several motions that called for the state government to improve or change legislation which is negatively affecting councils, including calls for the State Government and QFES to accept responsibility and collect fire levies directly.

Presently, local government are required to collect several levies, including the Emergency Management Levy, through their rate notices.

Councillor Kathy McLean described the burden of collecting the levies as "offensive".

"It's something the local government has to put out on their rates notice - and it looks like us going 'hey, give us heaps', and its the state collecting money," Cr McLean said.

"It just really is offensive to me."

Mayor Tanya Milligan agreed, and said the state should be collecting it's own levies.

"Why should we being doing it all the time?" Cr Milligan asked.

"If you want the levy - you collect the levy.

"Because at the end of the day, our community ... they look at the bottom line and it comes back to us."

The motions also called for the State government to amend the Land Valuation Act 2010 to ensure property valuations for rating purposes are conducted every year and for the Electoral Commission of Queensland to introduce measures to reduce costs and improve efficiencies to keep local government election costs down.

Lockyer Valley Regional Council has previously demanded the state government conduct land valuations annually, inline with legislation, after the region experienced wild fluctuations in land vales earlier this year.

There was also wide spread criticism of the cost to local government associated with the upcoming 2020 local government elections.

The LGAQ annual conference will be held from October 14 to 16.



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