Swan to lift rates


The Advocate (Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Lisa Thomas

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 swan@swan.wa.gov.au or by mail to the City.

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