Council approves ‘modest rate increase’
City of Karratha ratepayers will receive a small rates rise in the new financial year after the council approved a one per cent increase at their most recent meeting.
An 8-3 majority of councillors passed a motion approving a rates rise of one per cent at the council meeting last week, a slight reduction on the figure of 1.5 per cent originally recommended.
The rise means the average residential household will pay about $23 more per year from mid 2017. City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said he was pleased councillors had been able to approve a lesser rates increase than planned and keep the rates rise below the current Australian CPI of 2.1 per cent.
“We’re tracking well against our long-term financial targets and with a number of improved efficiency measures delivered by the City, council was able to opt for a more modest rate increase than initially anticipated,” he said. Not all councillors agreed with the rates rise, however, with councillors Fiona White-Hartig, Marg Bertling and Gary Bailey citing the Pilbara’s current economic climate in voting against the motion.
Mr Long said the council aimed at improving facilities and services throughout the area without placing too great a financial burden on ratepayers.
The increase comes after the City put the proposed 1.5 per cent rates rise out to public consultation in April.