City passes rate rise

Canning Times - - NEWS -

RES­I­DEN­TIAL rates are set to rise by 2.8 per cent and cap­i­tal works to re­ceive a $40 mil­lion boost in the City of Can­ning af­ter the coun­cil adopted the bud­get for 2018-19.

The rate in the dol­lar has risen from $0.04412 last year to $0.04537 over the next fi­nan­cial year.

In com­par­i­son, just one of the City’s neigh­bour­ing coun­cils (the Town of Vic­to­ria Park at 3 per cent) ap­proved a higher rate in the dol­lar rise. The City of Melville in­creased its res­i­den­tial rates 0.9 per cent, while the City of South Perth ap­proved a 1.6 per cent in­crease and the City of Gos­nells 1.9 per cent.

Over­all, rates and charges, in­clud­ing waste and se­cu­rity, for the av­er­age res­i­den­tial prop­erty within the City will rise by 2.59 per cent.

It is the first rates ap­proval since the coun­cil adopted its new dif­fer­en­tial rat­ing sys­tem, which it says will en­able it to vary the im­pact of rates on dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories of land to en­sure an eq­ui­table con­tri­bu­tion.

Mayor Paul Ng said the 2018-2019 bud­get would help achieve the City’s strate­gic com­mu­nity plan and aligned its long term fi­nan­cial plan with a rea­son­able rate in­crease.

The to­tal bud­get for the up­com­ing fi­nan­cial year is $150m, with road works ($10m), City Cen­tre project ($9.7m) and park im­prove­ments ($4m) the big win­ners.

More than $2m will be spent on im­prove­ments to pub­lic build­ings, with $805,000 al­lo­cated for sports light­ing im­prove­ments and $800,000 set aside for foot­paths.

Com­mu­nity and safety ser­vices will re­ceive $2.2m in fund­ing, with im­prove­ments planned for the City’s CCTV net­work and new mo­bile mes­sag­ing, while $1.3m has been set aside for the com­mu­nity sup­port pro­gram.

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