Unpaid rates adding up
PERTH ratepayers owed local councils more than $60 million in unpaid rates bills at the end of the 2017-18 financial year.
A special investigation by Community News reporters found overdue rates bills varied from council to council, with the City of Canning among 11 metropolitan local governments owed more than $2 million.
City of Swan ratepayers were the worst at paying off their bills in the previous financial year, with almost $10 million owed at June 30, 2018.
Wanneroo came in second with $8,745,555 – just over 3 per cent of the total rates levied.
Canning Mayor Paul Ng said Canning’s total of $2,810,003 did not include any deferred rates, where people struggling to pay off their bills have payment plans.
It includes a relatively small amount of $20,705 in interest and legal costs.
Cr Ng encouraged residents to sign up to receive their rates electronically for easier communication and incentives.
Rockingham ($5,831,119), Gosnells ($4,680,514), Stirling ($4,674,278) and Melville ($4,199,085) all had totals owed to them over the $4 million mark.