Logan City Council compliant on rates procedures

LOGAN City Council is in the clear over the issuing of rates and charges, with no problems related to the process through which bills are sent out.

Fears had been raised that Queensland councils could have muffed the way they charge ratepayers after it was found that Fraser Coast Regional Council had issued three years of invalid rates because it had failed to pass appropriate resolutions during annual budget meetings.

A Logan City Council spokesperson said council considered and adopted 20 recommendations, including specific recommendations dealing with the adoption of rates and charges, as part of the Special Meeting of Council.

“The resolutions passed by council in adopting the annual budget are outlined in the front of the Logan City Council Annual Budget 2017/2018 document and in the associated Special Council Meeting report,” the spokesperson said.

“Council’s budget documents along with the resolutions made at the Special Meeting of Council are available on council’s website.”

Local Government Association of Queensland chief executive Greg Hallam said he was confident a Supreme Court decision relating to rates and charges levied by the Fraser Coast Regional Council had no implications for other Queensland councils.

“We are conducting an audit of all councils to reinforce that view,” Mr Hallam said.

“We are keeping all major parties briefed should a resolution of the issue regarding Fraser Coast Regional Council need a legislative response.”