Big cuts loom for road maintenance
THE CITY of Swan could lose hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in funding if the State Government makes cuts to its road maintenance grants.
The cuts, proposed at 42 per cent, mean the City could lose up to $250,000 a year from its road maintenance budget.
Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright said the cuts would have a large impact on the City and its residents.
“Over the past five years the City has received more than $2.5 million in direct road grants to help fund the maintenance of local roads,” he said
“If this funding is cut we are put in the difficult position of having to recoup it somehow, which could lead to an increase in future rates and fees or putting road maintenance on hold, which is not fair to our ratepayers or residents.”
The decision to cut the rates comes after the Upper House overturned a State Government decision to cut local government licensing concessions, which would have cost the City close to $400,000 a year.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the State Government provides local governments with about $173 million a year in varied grants – this will be affected by about $10 million across 139 local governments.
Mick Wainwright examines the condition of local roads. Picture: Bruce Hunt