Rates rise con­tained

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

CITY of Cock­burn res­i­dents can ex­pect a 1.9 per cent rate rise, af­ter the coun­cil adopted its 2018-19 bud­get at a spe­cial meet­ing last week.

Less than the av­er­age metropoli­tan in­crease of 2.23 per cent, the rise comes de­spite the State Govern­ment’s in­crease of up to 10 per cent in its Emer­gency Ser­vices Levy (ESL).

The ESL in­crease is the largest since its in­tro­duc­tion by the State Govern­ment in 2000 to fund the De­part­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices.

The City will col­lect about $17.98 mil­lion in ESL com­pared to $15.9m in 2017-18, re­sult­ing in an an­nual in­crease for the av­er­age Cock­burn res­i­den­tial ratepayer of 3.16 per cent (rates no­tice to­tal payable).

This year, the City will also ex­pe­ri­ence a 3.2 per cent in­crease in State-sanc­tioned elec­tric­ity costs, a 5.5 per cent in­crease in water charges, a 3 per cent in­crease in gas charges, a 5.8 per cent in­crease in mo­tor ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tions, and a 9 per cent in­crease in third-party mo­tor ve­hi­cle in­sur­ance.

“The State Govern­ment’s Land­fill Levy of $3.78m will rise from $65 to $70, or 7.7 per cent, per tonne from July 1, 2018,” Mayor Lo­gan Howlett said.

“How­ever, the City’s rate rise will con­tinue the trend of 2017-18 for Cock­burn, when home own­ers paid some of the low­est house­hold rates in Perth.

“Over­all, the av­er­age res­i­den­tial im­proved ratepayer will pay an ex­tra 56c per week af­ter con­ces­sion and for those on the min­i­mum pay­ment rate, the in­crease will be 48c per week.

“This ex­cludes the State Govern­ment’s Emer­gency Ser­vices Levy.

Mr Howlett said 2018-19 would also be the 10th straight year that the City would de­liver an op­er­at­ing sur­plus re­sult, a pri­mary indicator of fi­nan­cial health and per­for­mance.

“The pen­sion re­bate cap of $750 (first ap­plied in 2016-17) will re­main the same, ef­fec­tively sav­ing the State Govern­ment mil­lions of dol­lars through nei­ther lift­ing the cap nor in­dex­ing it to CPI,” he said.

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