Pain in the hip pocket

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News - Su­sanne Reilly

HOW much will your rates in­crease by this year? We com­pare our lo­cal gov­ern­ments.

RATEPAY­ERS in the South­ern Gazette read­er­ship area can ex­pect 8 per cent, 4 per cent and 2.25 per cent rises for the 2015-16 fi­nan­cial year.

The City of Bel­mont en­dorsed what is likely to be one of the low­est rate rises in the State with a 2.25 per cent in­crease to bring the av­er­age cost of rates to $1120.

“We have also been able to keep our rub­bish charges at the same level as last year ($293), which means there will be no in­crease in this area,” Bel­mont Mayor Phil Marks said.

He said the bud­get was 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.

“Now that the un­cer­tainty of re­form has been re­moved, the City has main­tained our com­mit­ment to the com­mu­nity to pro­vide and ex­pand our ex­cel­lent, cost-ef­fec­tive ser­vices and fa­cil­i­ties,” he said.

Ma­jor projects in the Bel­mont bud­get in­clude re­de­vel­op­ment and en­hance­ment of Bel­mont Av­enue and the Bel­mont Busi­ness Park streetscape, and con­tin­ued fo­cus on com­mu­nity safety and CCTV.

The Town of Vic­to­ria Park en­dorsed its draft abridged bud­get, which in­cludes an 8 per cent in­crease in rates, and the City of South Perth has pro­jected an in­crease of about 4 per cent.

Vic­to­ria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan said coun­cil agreed an 8 per cent in­crease, com­bined with cost-sav­ing ac­tiv­ity, would pro­vide the re­sources to de­liver the Town’s strate­gic com­mu­nity plan and main­tain a high stan­dard of ser­vices.

“We are achiev­ing the mis­sion of the Town and nat­u­rally this, cou­pled with ris­ing pop­u­la­tion, re­sults in a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in de­manded for ser­vices,” he said.

Ma­jor projects in­clude up­grades to the Leisure­life and Aqualife cen­tres and a com­mu­nity build­ing in Lath­lain Place.

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