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RISES AMONG THE HIGHEST IN PERTH
THE Town of Victoria Park and City of South Perth have made among the highest increases to rates in the metropolitan area.
South Perth approved an increase of 3 per cent on July 10 after the Town’s rise of 3.5 per cent late last month.
Victoria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan said the council had considered factors including economic climate and property prices.
“In recent years, many operating costs including utilities (water, power) and products (bitumen), for example, have increased more than the rate of inflation. While CPI is a good general economic indicator, it is not a great reflection of the true costs incurred by local governments,” he said.
The Town’s budget includes $1.5 million for the redevelopment of Lathlain Park (zone 2) and $250,000 for the GO Edwards Park renovation. The Town increased rates by 8 per cent in 2015-16 and 4 per cent the previous financial year.
South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty said the council faced a test economically.
“The State Government is implementing tough measures to repair the State’s finances and this adds to the pressure faced by those in South Perth,” she said.
“The City's 2017-2018 budget provides funding for responsible governance, an extensive range of community services and capital initiatives that maintain and improve the City’s infrastructure, community buildings and parklands.”
The City’s budget includes $8.8 million for the Ernest Johnson Reserve development, $860,000 for stage one of Connect South on Mends Street and $350,000 for the implementation of recommendations from the South Perth Station Precinct Place + Design Report.