Shifting rate burden
THE Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale wants to shift the rate burden from homeowners to commercial and industrial properties under plans to apply a uniform rate in the dollar for all three.
Commercial and industrial properties previously attracted a lower rate than residential properties.
The shire also wants to apply a uniform rate in the dollar for all unimproved (rural) properties.
“The effect of the uniform rate will result in a significant reduction in rates (69.99 per cent) for properties previously rated as Intensive Farming,” shire president John Erren said.
Proposed rate increases are predicted to yield 2.34 per cent more revenue for the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale in the next financial year.
The percentage change in average rates for residential rates would be 1.89 per cent, Cr Erren said.
“Council has endeavoured to keep rate increases relatively low and the proposed rate increase is well below the rate increase discussed with our community during the recent SJ Real Choices process,” he said.
“This increase is required to provide for the net funding requirements of the shire to fund shire services, activities and current and future capital requirements as detailed in the Strategic Community Plan and Corporate Business Plan.”