Coun­cil ups rate to sup­port town cen­tre

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western opinion - By EMILY BAKER

A SPEC­I­FIED Area Rate (SAR) for Clare­mont’s busi­ness dis­trict will dou­ble to boost cof­fers over the next three years.

Town of Clare­mont coun­cil­lors unan­i­mously agreed at last week’s meet­ing to in­crease the SAR from $60,000 to $120,000, with $1 col­lected from ev­ery busi­ness to be matched by the coun­cil to raise about $240,000 for the Clare­mont Now ini­tia­tive.

Coun­cil­lor Jill Goetze said the SRA was needed for the worth­while ini­tia­tive to con­tinue.

“It needs time to de­velop and reach its full po­ten­tial – we’ve got en­thu­si­as­tic staff and com­mit­tee mem­bers,” Cr Goetze said.

“The next three years will be vi­tal to its suc­cess.”

The SAR was im­posed in 2012 to sup­port Clare­mont Now, a mar­ket­ing ini­tia­tive in part­ner­ship with busi­nesses to stim­u­late the lo­cal econ­omy and make the town cen­tre a more ap­peal­ing des­ti­na­tion.

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