Shift­ing rate bur­den

Comment News (Gosnells) - - Street Watch -

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.”

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