Monash has the lowest rates in Victoria

 07 July 2014

Monash Rates 2014

Monash ratepayers continue to pay the lowest average rates in Victoria, as shown in the Municipal Association of Victoria's 2014/2015 Victorian Local Government Rates Survey.

Monash charges $537 per head of population - nearly $300 less than the Victorian average of $819.

Monash Mayor Geoff Lake said that Monash Council had made it a priority over a number of years to keep its rates as low as possible.

"We know the annual Council rates notice makes up a significant part of household budgets and that our residents don't want to be paying a dollar more than they need to," Cr Lake said.

"We've introduced many measures to keep our costs down, including efficiency reviews and a freeze on Council employing additional staff," he said. "These efforts have all been worth it when you consider that Monash ratepayers are now paying hundreds of dollars less than residents in other parts of Victoria."

Cr Lake said the Council had increased its total rate income by 6% this year, with increased funding for everyday infrastructure like parks, bicycle paths and recreation facilities.

"In recent years, I've had a number of residents tell me that they appreciate having the lowest rates in Victoria but they think there is also a need for our Council to invest more in basic infrastructure," he said.

"With this year's budget, we are substantially increasing our investment in local infrastructure while at the same time retaining our position as having Victoria's lowest rates."

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