Where our coun­cils rate

RISES AMONG THE HIGH­EST IN PERTH

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Aaron Cor­lett

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.

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