City floats mar­ginal rates rise

Canning Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

CAN­NING ratepay­ers should pre­pare for a rates hike of less than $50 this fi­nan­cial year.

City of Can­ning is ad­ver­tis­ing dif­fer­en­tial rates ahead of con­firm­ing its 2019-20 bud­get.

The pro­posed cents in the dol­lar rate for res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties at $0.046958 is up from $0.04537 in 201819. The rate in the dol­lar for non-res­i­den­tial is $0.047589, while unim­proved land is $0.075133.

A City of Can­ning report said the pre­dicted rise for houses, units and strata prop­er­ties would be about 71c per week, with an av­er­age prop­erty’s rates to be about $1100. It is also ad­ver­tis­ing min­i­mum rates of $852, which the report said would be the low­est among met­ro­pol­i­tan coun­cils out­side Perth and Belmont, whose re­spec­tive rates bases are strongly sup­ported by high rise tow­ers and air­port con­tri­bu­tions.

Last year, the min­i­mum rate payable was $820 and the av­er­age $1063.

Coun­cil­lor Mar­garet Hall said while she wished the pro­posed rate was lower, she un­der­stood City de­vel­op­ment had con­trib­uted to the rise.

The City will in­vite feed­back be­fore adopt­ing the bud­get at a meet­ing.

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