Good rates news for Joondalup too
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.