Section 94 on agenda

COFFS Harbour City councillors voted unanimously last week to write to the Local Government Association strongly opposing changes to the Section 94 contributions introduced in the State Budget.

Coffs Harbour mayor Cr Keith Rhoades read out part of a letter from the Local Government Association which outlined what the cap of $20,000 per lot for Section 94 contributions for residential properties would mean for local councils.

The cap, which came into immediate effect on June 7, applies regardless of previous approvals to exceed the $20,000 threshold.

It means infrastructure funding must now be found from other sources like rate increases or a special levy.

Coffs Harbour councillors resolved to support the LGA in its campaign against the change and make their objections known before the closing date for submissions on June 18.

The LGA is seeking meetings with the NSW Treasurer and Minister for Planning and will be providing the State government with information on the impact on councils of the measure.

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