NSW Government reduces cost of council elections
The NSW Government will provide almost $20 million in funding to reduce the cost of running next year’s local government elections for councils and their communities.
Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock said the Government has listened to the concerns of councils about significant increases in their election costs as part of IPART’s review of the cost of local government elections.
“We are committed to minimising the financial burden on councils and ensuring elections are held efficiently and cost effectively,” Mrs Hancock said.
“That’s why the Government will provide $19.9 million to fund the NSW Electoral Commission’s core costs for local government elections such as staff payroll, training, IT system development, and maintenance of the electoral roll.”
Councils will now only pay the direct costs incurred by the Electoral Commission in holding elections such as polling booth staff and venues and ballot paper printing.
“The cost per elector for the next local government elections will be $8.21, compared to $12.72 if no Government funding contribution was provided.”
Mrs Hancock said the Government would also make a range of regulatory changes to further increase the efficiency of local government elections. Read more...