Rates set to rise
RATES are set to go up by 2 per cent in the City of Armadale and 2.5 per cent in the City of Gosnells over the next financial year.
2017 to 2018 is a revaluation year for all properties rated on their Gross Rental Value (GRV), with the revaluation applying for the next three years.
Differential rates in Armadale will be levied on all rateable land other than rural in three groups – vacant land, residential improved land, and improved land zoned for business purposes.
The City of Armadale said applying differential rates allowed for the fairest share of costs.
While the proposed rate increase in Armadale is 2 per cent, some properties will receive an increase greater than that and some will receive a rate decrease depending on if their GRV increases or decreases from their previous valuation.
In Gosnells, the minimum rate has been raised to $949 across both GRV and Unimproved Value (UV) properties.
As a result of the GRV and UV revaluation decreasing 2.24 per cent and 1.4 per cent respectively in Gosnells, the rate in the dollar for each category has been adjusted accordingly.
The City of Gosnells said the higher rate in the dollar was to ensure the City was able to continue to provide necessary works and services.
Ratepayers have until 4.45pm on Friday, June 23, in Armadale and 4pm Wednesday, June 21, in Gosnells to make written submissions on the proposed differential rates and minimum payments.
Armadale submissions can be emailed to email@example.com, forwarded to Locked Bag 2, Armadale 6992, or hand-delivered to the administration centre at 7 Orchard Avenue, Armadale.
Gosnells submissions should be forwarded to the Chief Executive Officer, City of Gosnells PO Box 662, Gosnells WA 6990.
There is a statement of rating objectives and reasons explaining the rates available on the Cities’ websites and at the administration centre and libraries.