Fis­cal dis­ci­pline re­quired, coun­cil­lors told

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Streetwatch -

COTTES­LOE Coun­cil has been told it can­not have low rates rises, main­tain its as­sets and keep rises be­low 3.5 per cent.

“Low rate in­creases with cuts to op­er­at­ing or as­set man­age­ment obli­ga­tions are not sus­tain­able, but nei­ther are bud­gets that con­tinue to raise rates well above the level of in­fla­tion,” a staff re­port told coun­cil­lors when they adopted the 2016-17 bud­get.

The re­port said if fis­cal dis­ci­pline was main­tained, the coun­cil’s fi­nan­cial out­look was “very pos­i­tive” be­cause of healthy re­serves and a high level of op­er­a­tional ef­fi­ciency.

The pres­sure to keep rate rises low has raised con­cerns about the im­pact on main­te­nance and build­ing new in­fra­struc­ture in the long term across lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

The bud­get raised the min­i­mum rates for all types of prop­er­ties 3.5 per cent, re­sult­ing in a 2.6 per cent in­crease for most homes.

The $9.1 mil­lion windfall sale of the coun­cil’s works de­pot in 2013 con­tin­ues to fund vi­tal works in­clud­ing the forth­com­ing fore­shore plan, new beach paths and beach ter­race im­prove­ments.

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