Merit of small rates rise debated
FOLLOWING a “horrendous” budget last year, Subiaco Councillor Murray Rowe says he expects the new rates rise of 2.95 per cent will go down easier.
At a special budget meeting this month, the Council approved an amendment from Mayor Heather Henderson to reduce the rates increase by cutting $224,000 from Visit Subiaco’s operational expenditure, $88,000 for new playground equipment at Subiaco Common and $40,000 in lake repairs.
“Residents complained about the rates rise last year,” Cr Rowe said.
“This initiative (to reduce rate income by $352,000) is something I think residential and business will support.”
Cr Paul Clements said he did not support “cutting rates to ribbons”.
“We have plenty of good projects that we want to do, and they are not going to happen by cutting the rates in what is a very wealthy council,” Cr Clements said.
Cr Mark Burns said reducing the rates was not a fiscal decision but a philosophical debate.
“My side is to be putting rates down, down, down,” Cr Burns said.
Cr Stephanie Stroud said such a philosophical debate could “lead Subiaco to financial ruin”.
“It’s a grandstander to attract ratepayers, but does it make good sense?” Cr Stroud asked.
Peter Newman speaks at the briefing.