Cost shifting from other levels of government to Port Macquarie-Hastings Council is expected to add up to more than $13 million in 2020-21.
The budgeted impact in 2020-21 is made up of $12 million in costs shifted from the state government and $1.5 million in costs transferred from the federal government.
The cost shifting impact on the council was $12.6 million in 2019-2020.
A report to the November 18 council meeting outlined the financial impact of cost shifting from other levels of government.
The council will provide a copy of the report to MPs Pat Conaghan, Dr David Gillespie, Leslie Williams and Melinda Pavey.
Mayor Peta Pinson said the reason for that was so they were informed about cost shifting.
Cr Sharon Griffiths raised the matter of roads and forestry vehicles.
The council will write to Mrs Pavey and Mrs Williams to make representation on behalf of the council for a future suitable contribution structure to assist with a maintenance program for roads used by forestry vehicles.
Deputy mayor Lisa Intemann said it cost the council more than $13 million for services it now provided which would normally have been provided by other levels of government.
She said cost shifting was a continual upward trend and it was important to inform the local MPs and Local Government NSW.
The council will also provide a copy of the report to Local Government NSW, which coordinates a cost shifting survey of all the state's councils.
Cost shifting describes a situation where the responsibility for, or the
costs of, providing a certain service, concession, asset or regulatory function are
shifted from a higher level of government to a lower level of government without providing corresponding funding or the conferral of corresponding and
adequate revenue raising capacity, according to the Local Government NSW definition.
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