Su­bi­aco, Perth in rates slugfest

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

Su­bi­aco has asked for fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance from the City of Perth, whose rates will only rise 1.6 per cent in the 2016-17 fi­nan­cial year, to help cover the deficit.

How­ever, while City of Perth chief ex­ec­u­tive Martin Mile­ham said both coun­cils were ne­go­ti­at­ing fi­nan­cials, he did not be­lieve it was fair on City of Perth ratepay­ers.

“There is no rea­son, how­ever, un­der the Guid­ing Prin­ci­pals for District Bound­ary Ad­just­ments that would be fair to the for­mer ratepay­ers of Su­bi­aco and the cur­rent ratepay­ers of the City of Perth, that the City of Perth should pay monies to the City of Su­bi­aco other than for bona-fide re­dun­dan­cies and in re­pay­ment of loans at­trib­ut­able to ac­tual as­sets that will trans­fer to the City of Perth,” he said.

Mr Simp­son said he en­cour­aged res­i­dents to visit the MyCoun­cil web­site and ques­tion if their lo­cal gov­ern­ment was pro­vid­ing value for money.

“I find the City of Su­bi­aco’s claims about their tough eco­nomic po­si­tion ex­tra­or­di­nary when the MyCoun­cil web­site shows the City holds more than $31 mil­lion in cash re­serves alone; an in­crease of 32 per cent from last year. This is in ad­di­tion to their ex­ten­sive in­vest­ment port­fo­lio,” he said.

“I find it very dis­ap­point­ing that the City of Su­bi­aco is not look­ing for ef­fi­cien­cies within their own ad­min­is­tra­tion and in­stead us­ing the City of Perth Act as an ex­cuse to slug their res­i­dents with an ex­ces­sive rate in­crease well above the lat­est WA con­sumer price in­dex of 1.1 per cent.”

City of Su­bi­aco Mayor Heather Hen­der­son said the City of Perth Act had left the City in a tough fi­nan­cial po­si­tion.

“The Min­is­ter seems in­tent on de­fend­ing the flawed City of Perth Act, which clearly leaves the City of Su­bi­aco with a sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial black hole from July 1,” she said.

“Coun­cil has al­ready cut $1 mil­lion from it 2016-17 draft bud­get, in­clud­ing mak­ing re­dun­dant 21.5 FTE po­si­tions, which is a sav­ing of ap­prox­i­mately $2 mil­lion from its wages bill. The City is look­ing at all av­enues to fur­ther close the $1.3 mil­lion gap that is a di­rect re­sult of the City of Perth Act.”

Shadow Min­is­ter for Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment David Tem­ple­man said he be­lieved the State Gov­ern­ment should of­fer com­pen­sa­tion to the City of Su­bi­aco.

“This is why we at­tempted to have the City of Perth Act given to an Up­per House Com­mit­tee, to clar­ify the con­se­quences of the tran­si­tion,” he said.

“The State Gov­ern­ment should look at com­pen­sa­tion and re-ex­am­in­ing the im­pli­ca­tions this is go­ing to have on the City of Su­bi­aco and ratepay­ers.”

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