Rates expected to rise by 3 per cent
City of Rockingham councillors will meet for their June meeting on Tuesday night, with the setting of rates one of several items on the agenda.
During the meeting, councillors are expected to adopt the 2017/18 budget, which would mean a 3 per cent rate rise across the city.
During the Corporate and Community Development Committee meeting on June 20, it was recommended that the budget be adopted by the council after a 3-0 vote.
Councillor Chris Elliott, who sat in at the committee meeting for Cr Justin Smith who was absent, said it was outstanding that the new budget could fund all necessary items while keeping rates increases low.
“For the last five or six years we’ve been under real pressure in trying to meet the needs of the City and at the same time keeping rates as low as we can,” Cr Elliott said.
“It’s outstanding that this year we are able to fund all of the items . . . And keep the rate increase down to 3 per cent. There has been some really quite innovative thinking on a couple of issues that have allowed us to do that.”
Total rate yield from a 3 per cent rise is expected to amount to about $83 million and would make up 46 per cent of the City’s overall operating income.
The budget also features the funding breakdown for several projects including $9.6 million for the Waterfront Village Foreshore Park redevelopment, $6.2 million for stage one of the Baldivis District Sporting Complex, and $5.4 million for road resurfacing and renewals.
The City also plans on continuing to offer rates smoothing for ratepayers after implementing it last year.