Swan to lift rates
NO RISE OPTION TAKEN OFF THE TABLE
THE City of Swan will advertise a 1.8 per cent residential rate rise after councillors abandoned the option for no rate rise.
Councillors debated the motion by Cr David McDonnell at last week’s council meeting.
Cr McDonnell said if there was no rate rise for the 2018-19 financial year, services would have to be cut.
He said the rate rise would mean less than a dollar a week difference for ratepayers and he was not willing to see essential services cut for the sake of no rate rise. The motion was passed 8-6.
The proposed rates increase is 0.7 per cent lower than last year.
Swan Mayor David Lucas said the City was working hard to find savings while delivering a sensible budget at the lowest possible cost to ratepayers.
“The City faces increasing State Government costs, including power and water bills, just as our residents do, which are beyond our control,” she said.
“With six libraries, three aquatic centres and numerous community buildings, we need to ensure we can continue the provision of these essential services and facilities.
“We also must ensure we’re meeting the growing expectations of our community while spending responsibly.”
Cr Lucas said the rise was a modest increase.
“Rates form an important part of the City’s annual budget and ensure that we can effectively deliver key services and infrastructure in line with the expectations of the community,” he said.
Public submissions can be made on the proposed rate rise until 4pm, June 11, via email to email@example.com or by mail to the City.