Speak up on rate rise
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.