Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By LISA THOMAS

CITY of Subiaco councillors will vote tonight on the 2016-17 Bud­get, in­clud­ing a pro­posed 4.1 per cent rate rise in a spe­cial coun­cil meet­ing.

Councillors last month opted to de­fer a de­ci­sion on the bud­get and hold more dis­cus­sions af­ter com­mu­nity mem­bers protested a pro­posed 8.7 per cent rate rise.

The big in­crease had been pro­posed to off­set the im­pact of the City of Perth Act.

Subiaco chief ex­ec­u­tive Don Bur­nett said the coun­cil had looked at all the op­tions to keep the rate rise as min­i­mal as pos­si­ble.

“Coun­cil is mind­ful of the dif­fi­cult eco­nomic times that busi­nesses and house­holds across the state are cur­rently faced with, while also need­ing to take an ap­proach that will be most ben­e­fi­cial for the City and long-term com­mu­nity,” he said.

“The City has made sig­nif­i­cant changes to mit­i­gate the im­pact of the leg­is­la­tion, in­clud­ing re­duc­ing its an­nual op­er­at­ing costs by more than $3 mil­lion, how­ever it was still left with a $1.3 mil­lion short­fall be­cause of the Act.”

The City stands to lose $43 mil­lion over the next 10 years be­cause of changes brought about by the Act, which came into ef­fect on July 1.

Mr Bur­nett said the 4.1 per cent in­crease in­cluded an op­er­a­tional in­crease of 1 per cent rate and 3.1 per cent ap­pli­ca­ble to the City of Perth Act.

“As well as the pro­posed 4.1 per cent in­crease, the City will utilise a small sur­plus that has been car­ried for­ward and a one-off trans­fer from the waste re­serve to cover the short­fall that has re­sulted from the Act,” he said.

“These mea­sures have seen the im­pact halved to $650,000, which pro­vides some breath­ing space.

“Over the next year, coun­cil will con­sider op­tions to ad­dress the re­main­ing $650,000 for 2017-18 and be­yond.”

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