Proposed Solar Savers special charge

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Proposal to declare and levy a special charge for households who have participated in the Solar Savers program

In accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 1989 (Act) notice, it is hereby given that COUNCIL (council) at its meeting resolved to give notice of the intention to declare and levy a special charge under Section 163 of the Act.

The special charge is for the purpose of defraying the expenses incurred by council relating to the provision of solar energy systems of residential properties participating in the Solar Saver scheme (Scheme). These residential properties have signed an agreement based on the quoted cost of the provision of a PV solar system at their property.

The Scheme arises out of Councils function of advocating and promoting proposals which are in the best interests of the community and ensuring the peace, order and good government of Councils municipal district.

A copy of the proposed declaration, known as “Proposed Special Charge Scheme for Solar Savers Households” is also available for inspection at Council’s Offices at Realm, Ringwood Town Square, 179 Maroondah Highway, and Croydon Library, Civic Square, Croydon during normal office hours until 19 April 2021.

The special charge is to be declared in relation to the properties listed in Appendix A to the report titled “Proposed Special Charge scheme for Solar Saver Households”, considered by Council at its ordinary meeting on 22 March 2021. A copy of the appendix forms part of the documents available for inspection at Council’s offices. All documents can also be viewed online at https://www.maroondah.vic.gov.au/About-Council/Your-Say-Maroondah

The Scheme has been prepared on the basis that the participating property owners will receive 100% of the benefit. The total cost of the scheme is $95,019.80 and a special charge will be imposed on each property participating in the Scheme in respect of which a Householder Agreement has been executed applies for a period of 8 years from 31 August 2021. The special charge will be calculated by reference to the site of the solar energy system being installed and the particular costs of installation at each property.

The special charge will be Ievied by notice forwarded to the property owner(s). Council will, by request, allow payment of the special charge by either full payment in a single lump sum or by quarterly instalments over 8 years, with the first payment due from 31 August 2021.

Make a Submission

Any person may make a submission under Section 223 of the Act in relation to council’s proposal to declare the special charge under Section 163 of the Act.

Any person who has made a written submission may also request that they (or a person acting on their behalf) be heard in support of their written submission. Such persons should indicate in their submission if they wish to be heard by council.

Council will consider and, if requested, hear support for all written submissions received before 5pm 19 April 2021 at the Hearing of Submissions Committee meeting to be convened if required. You can make a submission:

Online: using the submission form below

Mail: Written submissions should be addressed to:

Paula Haro
Sustainability Planner
Maroondah City Council
PO Box 156 Ringwood VIC 3134

Email: maroondah@maroondah.vic.gov.au

In addition to the right to make a Submission, participating property owners have the right to object to the proposed declaration in accordance with Section 163B of the Act. It is stressed that any submission should clearly state if the author wishes to be heard by the Council, and whether the submission is a submission of support or comment only, or a formal Objection to the scheme as proposed.

Submissions and/or objections must be in writing and received by the Council by 5pm on 19th April 2021 to the above address.

It is proposed that Council will consider this matter at its Ordinary Meeting of 26 April 2021. Further information on this Scheme may be obtained from Paula Haro – Sustainability Planner on (03) 9298 4360 or paula.haro@maroondah.vic.gov.au.

Proposal to declare and levy a special charge for households who have participated in the Solar Savers program

In accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 1989 (Act) notice, it is hereby given that COUNCIL (council) at its meeting resolved to give notice of the intention to declare and levy a special charge under Section 163 of the Act.

The special charge is for the purpose of defraying the expenses incurred by council relating to the provision of solar energy systems of residential properties participating in the Solar Saver scheme (Scheme). These residential properties have signed an agreement based on the quoted cost of the provision of a PV solar system at their property.

The Scheme arises out of Councils function of advocating and promoting proposals which are in the best interests of the community and ensuring the peace, order and good government of Councils municipal district.

A copy of the proposed declaration, known as “Proposed Special Charge Scheme for Solar Savers Households” is also available for inspection at Council’s Offices at Realm, Ringwood Town Square, 179 Maroondah Highway, and Croydon Library, Civic Square, Croydon during normal office hours until 19 April 2021.

The special charge is to be declared in relation to the properties listed in Appendix A to the report titled “Proposed Special Charge scheme for Solar Saver Households”, considered by Council at its ordinary meeting on 22 March 2021. A copy of the appendix forms part of the documents available for inspection at Council’s offices. All documents can also be viewed online at https://www.maroondah.vic.gov.au/About-Council/Your-Say-Maroondah

The Scheme has been prepared on the basis that the participating property owners will receive 100% of the benefit. The total cost of the scheme is $95,019.80 and a special charge will be imposed on each property participating in the Scheme in respect of which a Householder Agreement has been executed applies for a period of 8 years from 31 August 2021. The special charge will be calculated by reference to the site of the solar energy system being installed and the particular costs of installation at each property.

The special charge will be Ievied by notice forwarded to the property owner(s). Council will, by request, allow payment of the special charge by either full payment in a single lump sum or by quarterly instalments over 8 years, with the first payment due from 31 August 2021.

Make a Submission

Any person may make a submission under Section 223 of the Act in relation to council’s proposal to declare the special charge under Section 163 of the Act.

Any person who has made a written submission may also request that they (or a person acting on their behalf) be heard in support of their written submission. Such persons should indicate in their submission if they wish to be heard by council.

Council will consider and, if requested, hear support for all written submissions received before 5pm 19 April 2021 at the Hearing of Submissions Committee meeting to be convened if required. You can make a submission:

Online: using the submission form below

Mail: Written submissions should be addressed to:

Paula Haro
Sustainability Planner
Maroondah City Council
PO Box 156 Ringwood VIC 3134

Email: maroondah@maroondah.vic.gov.au

In addition to the right to make a Submission, participating property owners have the right to object to the proposed declaration in accordance with Section 163B of the Act. It is stressed that any submission should clearly state if the author wishes to be heard by the Council, and whether the submission is a submission of support or comment only, or a formal Objection to the scheme as proposed.

Submissions and/or objections must be in writing and received by the Council by 5pm on 19th April 2021 to the above address.

It is proposed that Council will consider this matter at its Ordinary Meeting of 26 April 2021. Further information on this Scheme may be obtained from Paula Haro – Sustainability Planner on (03) 9298 4360 or paula.haro@maroondah.vic.gov.au.