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Guide to Councils

Finance and planning

Councils manage substantial finances to enable them to provide a wide range of public services and maintain considerable public infrastructure.

In order to finance their activities, councils are granted certain powers to raise funds. These are raised mainly by levying municipal rates. Councils also receive grant funding from the federal and state governments and are also able to levy fees and charges for some services.

Councils are required by law to undertake various planning and reporting functions. This ensures that they responsibly manage resources and are accountable to the public. They are required to consult with the public while exercising these functions.

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