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LG Alert – Notice 4 – Annual Business Plans and Strategic Planning (April 30th, 2020)

The Minister has, today, published a further Notice pursuant to section 302B of the Local Government Act 1999 (‘the Act’) the effect of which is to provide an additional 3 months for councils to review its strategic management plan, as well as an additional 3 months for its rates declaration, annual business plan and draft budget processes.

These amendments were critical to provide councils additional time to not only consider the effects of the public health emergency on the existing budgetary position, but also to evaluate and take into account the broader effect on residents and ratepayers, including their ability to meet rating obligations.

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