Joondalup Weekender - - Front Page - Lucy Jarvis

THE City of Wanneroo is propos­ing to in­crease res­i­den­tial rates by 2.45 per cent this year.

A re­port due to be con­sid­ered by the coun­cil on May 30 rec­om­mends it ap­prove the dif­fer­en­tial rates for public ad­ver­tis­ing.

It said the over­all rate rev­enue in­crease would be 3.96 per cent, but the in­crease would vary be- tween cat­e­gories. “The res­i­den­tial im­proved cat­e­gory, of which the ma­jor­ity of rate­able prop­er­ties are clas­si­fied, will re­ceive an in­crease of 2.45 per cent, min­i­mum rate of $1337 in 2017-18 com­pared to the 2016-17 min­i­mum of $1305,” it said.

“The res­i­den­tial va­cant cat­e­gory will re­ceive a higher 15.05 per cent av­er­age rate rev­enue in­crease.”

At the May 23 coun­cil brief­ing ses­sion, cor­po­rate strat­egy and per­for­mance di­rec­tor Noe­lene Jen­nings said the rate for home­own­ers was “con­sid­er­ably lower” than the 4.5 per cent pro­posed in the City’s long-term fi­nan­cial plan.

Mrs Jen­nings said elected mem­bers had opted for the lower rate due to the cur­rent eco­nomic cli­mate.

The re­port said the in­crease for va­cant res­i­den­tial blocks re­sulted from com­ments made by the grants com­mis­sioner in the WA Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Grants Com­mis­sion Public Hear­ing last year that the City’s min­i­mum rates on va­cant land were low.

“With this in mind and with knowl­edge of what Growth Al­liance Perth and Peel Coun­cils and our near neigh­bour coun­cils (Joon­dalup and Stir­ling) are charg­ing, the City has in­creased its min­i­mum rates on va­cant land,” the re­port said.

“The min­i­mum rate for res­i­den­tial va­cant was ap­proved by coun­cil on April 5, 2016 to be in­creased over a three-year pe­riod aim­ing to be in the top quar­tile by 2018-19.

“In to­day’s dol­lars this will equate to rates on va­cant land in 2018-19 in the range of $1000 to $1100.”

The City is propos­ing a 7.16 per cent av­er­age rate rev­enue in­crease for the com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial va­cant cat­e­gory, with a min­i­mum of $1318 or $659 for strata ti­tled stor­age units.

The pro­posed min­i­mum rate for strata ti­tled car­a­van parks is $422.

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