New City of Perth ratepay­ers, such as those in Park Road, face a sig­nif­i­cantly smaller rate rise in 2016-17 com­pared to their for­mer City of Su­bi­aco neigh­bours, in­clud­ing those in Onslow Road.

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By LISA THOMAS

CITY of Su­bi­aco coun­cil­lors will vote next month on a pro­posal to raise rates by 8.7 per cent in the 2016-17 bud­get to help re­duce the ef­fect of the City of Perth Act.

The City is set to lose $43 mil­lion over the next 10 years be­cause of the Act, which comes into ef­fect on July 1.

A 2.4 per cent rise is al­ready forecast in the bud­get, with an ad­di­tional 6.2 per cent rise pro­posed to cover a rev­enue short­fall caused by the tran­si­tion.

Coun­cil­lors met on Tues­day to dis­cuss the rate rise but opted to de­fer the de­ci­sion.

Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Tony Simp­son said he did not see a link be­tween this year’s 8 per cent pro­posed in­crease and the City of Perth Act.

“Ac­cord­ing to the State Gov­ern­ment’s MyCoun­cil web­site, the City of Su­bi­aco’s to­tal rates rev­enue has in­creased on av­er­age by 8 per cent an­nu­ally over the past three years to $21.6 mil­lion in 2014-15,” he said.

“Ratepay­ers may also be feel­ing the pinch with a 12 per cent in­crease in fees and charges, in­clud­ing park­ing fees and fines. Con­sid­er­ing these year-on-year in­creases, I fail to see the link be­tween this year’s 8 per cent pro­posed in­crease and the City of Perth Act.”

How­ever, City of Su­bi­aco chief ex­ec­u­tive Don Burnett said Mr Simp­son’s com­ments were in­cor­rect.

“The in­for­ma­tion on the MyCoun­cil page about the City of Su­bi­aco may show an av­er­age rate in­crease over the past three years of 8 per cent, how­ever this is not the ac­tual rate in­crease passed on to ratepay­ers,” he said.

“For Su­bi­aco, the ac­tual rate in­crease for 2013-14 was 6.25 per cent, 2014-15 5.5 per cent and 2015-16 2.96 per cent, giv­ing the av­er­age rate in­crease to ratepay­ers of 4.9 per cent for the past three years.”

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