Rate in­crease pro­posed

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

A PRO­POSED 2.9 per cent rate in­crease will be con­sid­ered as part of the Town of Clare­mont’s draft bud­get.

At last week’s meet­ing, the coun­cil voted unan­i­mously to au­tho­rise the re­lease of the 2015-16 draft bud­get for public com­ment un­til June 15.

While rates have dropped steadily in the past, Deputy Mayor Bruce Haynes said a slight hike meant the Town could of­fer bet­ter ser­vices.

“This bud­get and pre­vi­ous Clare­mont bud­gets are dif­fer­ent to other coun­cils be­cause we are spend­ing high amounts on re­new­ing our as­sets, in­clud­ing our roads and foot­paths,” Cr Haynes said.

“Not be­ing able to re­new as­sets is a struc­tural prob­lem across many metro and coun­try coun­cils, be­cause Com­mon­wealth Gov­ern­ment sup­port has been cut and their rates don’t cover it.

“How­ever un­like some, which are in poor con­di­tion, we are now on track.”

More than $1 mil­lion has been in­cluded to re­new road in­fra­struc­ture, al­most $500,000 has been set aside for foot­paths and $250,000 has been bud­geted for public toi­lets in the CBD.

The rates in­crease will al­low ex­tra money to be spent on hir­ing more park­ing of­fi­cers and rangers.

Cr Haynes said with in­ter­est rates fall­ing, the Town had also de­cided to dip into its re­serves and pay off some debt.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the bud­get, visit www.clare­mont.wa.gov.au.

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