Cr Doyle said yesterday that rate notices should include details of how much households were being slugged for charges outside the control of councils.
"I'm seriously considering taking those out as line items and reporting them to our ratepayers as exactly what they are, the imposts of federal and state governments," he said.
Costs such as the carbon tax and state landfill levy will help push rates up by around 6 per cent at several councils in 2012-13, according to recently released council draft budgets.
Hobsons Bay, Manningham and Monash have signalled rate hikes around 6 per cent, while Stonnington and Yarra are looking at a 4.5 per cent increase.
"Whether it's the carbon tax, the environmental landfill levy, the fire services levy - from every direction people seem to be being whacked by higher charges from governments," he said.
City of Yarra mayor Geoff Barbour said listing all the taxes and charges on rate notices would be a stunt.
"You could have a rate notice that's considerably longer than what it would need to be otherwise," he said.
Cr Barbour said that Yarra had been transparent about the impact of the carbon tax on its budget and had put details in publicly-available documents.
Municipal Association of Victoria president Bill McArthur said that councils had to justify claims about specific cost increases or they could face prosecution by the federal consumer watchdog.
"It would be a crystal ball exercise to attribute carbon price costs on rate notices because they'll be sent out before many actual cost impacts are known by councils," he said.
Cr McArthur said that councils were struggling to keep rate increases down due to the impact of federal and state taxes and charges.
heraldsun.com.au 7 May 2012