Coun­cil ap­proves ‘mod­est rate in­crease’

Pilbara News - - Pilbara | News - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

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