Gov­ern­ment Called on to Re­duce Park­ing Fees

Western Suburbs Weekly - - City of perth news -

The cost of park­ing for some Perth mo­torists is set to in­crease in the new fi­nan­cial year due to the State Gov­ern­ment in­creas­ing the City of Perth’s Park­ing Levy con­tri­bu­tions by more than $3 mil­lion. Un­der the Perth Park­ing Man­age­ment Act, the State Gov­ern­ment charges the City a levy for each park­ing bay that falls within its ju­ris­dic­tion. City of Perth Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, Gary Stevenson, said not many peo­ple would know that 20 cents in ev­ery dollar mo­torists spend on park­ing in the City, goes straight to the State Gov­ern­ment un­der the Levy. “The 2014/15 fi­nan­cial year saw the State Gov­ern­ment charge the City of Perth al­most $14 mil­lion dol­lars,” Mr Stevenson said. “The State Gov­ern­ment will ben­e­fit from a fur­ther $3 mil­lion af­ter rais­ing the Park­ing Levy to more than $17 mil­lion for 2015/16. “The City sim­ply can­not ab­sorb the $3 mil­lion in­crease in Levy costs.” De­spite the im­posed State Gov­ern­ment fee in­crease, most City of Perth car park­ing fees will not rise. Per­mit hold­ers, flat rates and early bird rates will re­main the same. Over­all, City of Perth Park­ing re­mains com­pet­i­tively priced com­pared to other cap­i­tal cities, with mo­torists in Bris­bane, Mel­bourne and Syd­ney pay­ing be­tween $35 and $55 per day to park. New rates will be im­ple­mented from 1 July 2015.

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