Rates rise by 1.75pc

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

THE City of Bel­mont’s rates are set to rise by 1.75 per cent this fi­nan­cial year, in line with forecast in­fla­tion.

Av­er­age an­nual rates for res­i­dents will rise from ap­prox­i­mately $1321 to $1344 ac­cord­ing to the City, which will in­clude rubbish charges but ex­clude the State Gov­ern­ment’s emer­gency ser­vices levy.

Rate in­creases for in­di­vid­ual ratepay­ers will vary as a re­sult of the three-yearly prop­erty eval­u­a­tion un­der­taken by Landgate.

The 2017-2018 bud­get was en­dorsed by coun­cil at an Or­di­nary Coun­cil Meet­ing late last month, with $31 mil­lion bud­geted for cap­i­tal works in the area.

These works in­clude $15 mil­lion to­wards the new multi-pur­pose com­mu­nity cen­tre, $1,824,130 for in­stalling un­der­ground power on Bel­mont Av­enue, $954,220 for in­stal­la­tion of up­graded street light­ing in Bel­mont Busi­ness Park, and $1.7 mil­lion for stages one to three of the Sur­rey Road Bike Boule­vard.

The vol­cano play­ground will be up­graded, with $555,000 al­lo­cated for the re­place­ment of play­ground equip­ment and soft­fall, plus fa­cil­ity re­newal.

Mayor Phil Marks said the lat­est bud­get con­tin­ues to fo­cus on pro­vid­ing a broad range of events for the com­mu­nity.

“We fo­cus on ar­eas that our com­mu­nity tells us are im­por­tant to them and our bud­get demon­strates that we re­main re­spon­sive to their views,” Mr Marks said.

“The bud­get is aligned with the City’s plan for the fu­ture and pro­vides the re­sources to de­liver on the sig­nif­i­cant so­cial, busi­ness, nat­u­ral and Built Bel­mont ob­jec­tives.”

Res­i­dents will re­ceive more in­for­ma­tion on the lat­est bud­get with their rate no­tices.

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