FUND­ING CAPPED

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

At this stage, it is not pos­si­ble to de­ter­mine what the fu­ture rates will be as there are too many un­knowns... the City does not know the size of the grant re­ferred to above or what loan funds it might at­tract from the Gov­ern­ment.

– Sue Do­herty’s let­ter be­low IN re­sponse to Peter Howat of Karawara (“List true costs”, Gazette, Novem­ber 4), the com­mu­nity of the City of South Perth has been let down again with no in­crease in the to­tal fund­ing al­lo­cated by the State Gov­ern­ment for lo­cal gov­ern­ment re­form.

The fund­ing avail­able has been capped at $60m with only $15m over three fi­nan­cial years and a fur­ther $45m in loans to be shared across 12 new lo­cal gov­ern­ments.

At this stage, what sum the City of South Perth/Town of Vic­to­ria Park will re­ceive from this fund­ing pool is un­known.

The costs of lo­cal gov­ern­ment re­form are re­ported to coun­cil each month. Be­tween July 1 and Septem­ber 30 the City has in­curred $67,000 costs, largely at­trib­uted to spe­cial­ist staff in the re­form pro­gram. In­di­rect costs since May, 2014, amount to $365,000.

At this stage, it is not pos­si­ble to de­ter­mine what the fu­ture rates will be as there are too many un­knowns. For ex­am­ple, the City does not know the size of the grant re­ferred to above or what loan funds it might at­tract from the Gov­ern­ment.

It is how­ever fair to say that there will be an im­pact on rates, at least in the short term.

There is no in­for­ma­tion on costs as­so­ci­ated with a new build­ing, as ex­ist­ing premises will have to be

A MAN AND HIS DOG... used in the im­me­di­ate fu­ture. In the longer term, it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the new coun­cil elected in Oc­to­ber, 2015, to re­view fu­ture ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions.

The present City of South Perth

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