Good rates news for Joon­dalup too

North Coast Weekender - - News - Tyler Brown

THE Joon­dalup coun­cil ap­proved a 1.95 per cent rates in­crease when it adopted its 2017-18 bud­get at Tues­day night’s meet­ing.

As well as be­ing the low­est rates rise in the City for more than 15 years, it was also the third con­sec­u­tive year with no in­crease in refuse charges.

The bud­get es­ti­mates a cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­ture of $43.8 mil­lion, of which 77 per cent is the cap­i­tal works pro­gram, 16 per cent is cap­i­tal pro­jects and 7 per cent is mo­tor ve­hi­cle re­place­ment and eq­uity.

It also es­ti­mates an op­er­at­ing ex­pen­di­ture of $154.3 mil­lion, of which 42 per cent is em­ployee costs, 33 per cent ma­te­ri­als and con­tracts, 19 per cent de­pre­ci­a­tion, 4 per cent util­i­ties and 2 per cent for in­sur­ances.

For rev­enue, it es­ti­mates an op­er­at­ing to­tal of $147.7 mil­lion, of which 62 per cent is rates, 26 per cent fees and charges, 8 per cent grants and sub­si­dies and 2 per cent in­ter­est. There is also an es­ti­mated $9.7 mil­lion in cap­i­tal rev­enue.

The main ar­eas of ex­pen­di­ture in­clude $43.8 mil­lion for parks, sport­ing, leisure and com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties, $37.8 mil­lion on roads, street­lights and land­scap­ing, $20.6 mil­lion on waste and recycling, $13.2 mil­lion on li­braries, com­mu­nity ser­vices and events, $6.7 mil­lion on plan­ning, com­pli­ance and health and $5.3 mil­lion on rangers com­mu­nity safety.

High­lights in­clude fund­ing to ad­vance Boas Place and the Peni­s­tone Park re­de­vel­op­ment, street light­ing up­grades, re­fur­bish­ment works at Percy Doyle Re­serve and the Joon­dalup ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing, con­tin­u­ing the Leafy City pro­gram, blackspot pro­jects at Whit­fords and Marmion av­enues and Ocean Reef Road, in­ter­sec­tion up­grades at Burns Beach Road and Joon­dalup Drive and fund­ing for Kalei­do­scope 2017.

There was also $3.8 mil­lion bud­geted for the Joon­dalup per­form­ing arts cen­tre, which the coun­cil later voted not to pro­ceed to the de­sign de­vel­op­ment phase.

At the meet­ing, Mayor Troy Pickard moved an al­ter­na­tive mo­tion to give “a hair­cut” to six pro­grams in the cap­i­tal works pro­gram he be­lieved were “an op­por­tu­nity to save money” be­cause they were not im­pacted by ex­ter­nal grants and were “not fun­da­men­tal core busi­ness”.

He said this would save $1.12 mil­lion to be trans­ferred to the Strate­gic As­set Man­age­ment Re­serve.

How­ever, the mo­tion was de­feated, with sev­eral coun­cil­lors say­ing they had been through six “ro­bust” work­shops to fi­nalise the bud­get as rec­om­mended.

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