Speak up on rate rise

Weekend Courier - - Front Page - Gabrielle Jef­fery

CITY of Rock­ing­ham res­i­dents can have their say on pro­posed rate increases of 3.6 per cent af­ter the coun­cil passed the 2018-19 fi­nan­cial year bud­get for pub­lic com­ment at its May 22 meet­ing.

A grow­ing pop­u­la­tion was again cited as the rea­son for an in­crease, with there be­ing a need for new in­fra­struc­ture and pre­serv­ing cur­rent City as­sets.

The increases trans­late to a $40 in­crease on the cur­rent min­i­mum rate of $1118 to $1158.

Ratepay­ers will have a month to sub­mit their thoughts on the pro­posed rise to the City in writ­ing.

An al­ter­nate mo­tion by coun­cil­lor Lee Down­ham for a pro­posed in­crease of 3 per cent was lost 1-8, with Cr Down­ham the only one to vote in favour.

A re­port to the coun­cil said the City needed to col­lect $87.23 mil­lion in rates to ser­vice its cur­rent and fu­ture re­quire­ments.

If the in­crease is passed, it is ex­pected to net the City $86.27 mil­lion in revenue.

The fig­ure does not in­clude in­terim rates which are ex­pected to ac­count for the short­fall.

Passed by an ab­so­lute ma­jor­ity, the mo­tion pre­sented a dif­fer­en­tial rate of 7.00958 cents in the dol­lar on res­i­den­tial land and 8.288 cents in the dol­lar on non­res­i­den­tial land for gross rental val­u­a­tion prop­er­ties and 0.1033 cents in the dol­lar on unim­proved value prop­er­ties.

The min­i­mum rate on all GRV prop­er­ties will be $1158.

For unim­proved val­u­a­tion prop­er­ties the min­i­mum rate is set to re­main $630.

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