Website shows council expenditures
The City of Karratha has a strong Financial Health Indicator score, according to a new State Government website which provides ratepayers with access to local government data.
A Financial Health Indicator score is out of 100 and measures a council’s economic strength — a council with a score of 70 and up is considered to have sound financial health.
The Shire of Ashburton scored 96 out of 100 in 2014-15 which is eight points above the City of Karratha and well above the regional average of 73 and State average of 75.
WA ratepayers can now view their local council’s financial health and performance via the new MyCouncil website.
The website gives people access to detailed information about their local council’s geographic, demographic and financial state, and reveal how they are spending, managing and raising money.
MyCouncil is a State Government initiative which aims at strengthening accountability and performance of local governments.
North West Central MLA Vince Catania said he welcomed the new initiative which allows ratepayers and residents to see how their local government operates with the click of a button.
“We want local governments to be open and transparent when it comes to spending ratepayers’ money,” he said.
“The website presents financial data visually, making it easier to interpret and make assessments about council performance and improve awareness of each local government's financial health.”
Ratepayers can view their council’s expenditure and compare them to other local governments around the State.
“Comparisons with other councils will enable local governments to identify areas for continuous improvement,” Mr Catania said.
In 2014-15, the City of Karratha spent almost a third of its budget on recreation and culture, and more than one-fifth of funds on transport.
Whereas, Shire of Exmouth spent more than half their budget on transport and fewer than onefifth on recreation and culture.
This data can be used by the public to inform them of where their rates are going and whether local councils are providing value for money.
Data and information on the MyCouncil website will be updated annually in the first quarter of the calendar year. To view your local government’s financial health, expenditure and rate growth, head to mycouncil.wa.gov.au.