NSW councils have more than $200 million to collect in outstanding annual rates and charges, according to a report released by the State Government today.
In 2008/09, councils reported that $236 million had not been collected from total rates and annual charges revenue of $4.18 billion.
The Snapshot of NSW Councils report shows data for of all 152 councils across key indicators for 2008/09.
The report, based on data supplied by councils to the NSW Division of Local Government, shows councils charged NSW ratepayers an average of $760 in yearly rates in 08/09, an increase from the previous year’s average of $732.
The report found that Hunters Hill Council charged its residents the state’s highest average residential rates of $1203, an increase from $1167 the previous year.
Residents of Brewarrina Shire Council were charged the least, with average residential rates of just $98.62.
Minister for Local Government Barbara Perry said the report provided an important tool for ratepayers.
“Now in its 19th year, this report allows ratepayers across the state to examine what is going on in their local area,” Ms Perry said on releasing the report.
“It provides key information on all councils in NSW and is a great tool for ratepayers and councils.”
According to the report Palerang was the state’s fastest growing council in terms of population growth over a five-year period (3.6 per cent growth), and Blacktown City Council boasted the largest population with 292,612 people.
The City of Sydney employed the most staff (1595) and Bourke Shire Council spent the most per capita on recreation and leisure ($306).
Ms Perry said: “With 152 councils across the state, it is fascinating to see the differences in the councils and their communities.”
The full Snapshot of NSW Councils report is available at www.dlg.nsw.gov.au
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