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Title: In Whose Interest? An Assessment of the New South Wales Government's Post-Amalgamation Rate Path Freeze Policy
Contributor(s): Dollery, Brian E (author); Drew, Joseph (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2016
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/20204
Abstract: As part of its controversial forced amalgamation program, the Baird Government announced that merged councils would fall under a rate path freeze for a period of four years. During that time, merged municipalities would face the same rate increases they would have experienced had they not been amalgamated. The NSW Government also requested the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) to offer recommendations on how the rate freeze policy should best be implemented and IPART released 'Freezing Existing Rate Paths for Newly Merged Councils' in August 2016. This paper examines the rate freeze policy and the IPART report and demonstrates that they would impose serious efficiency, equity and financial sustainability problems on compulsorily consolidated councils.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Australian Taxation, v.18, p. 143-162
Publisher: Monash University
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1440-0405
Field of Research (FOR): 160509 Public Administration
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
Other Links: http://jausttax.com.au/Articles_Free/JAT%20Volume%2018%20Issue%201.pdf
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