Coun­cil rates to go up

MAYOR SAYS RISE LOW­EST IN YEARS

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

RATES in Cock­burn will in­crease 1.75 per cent to fund the lion’s share of the City’s $144.29 mil­lion 2017-18 bud­get.

The City ex­pects the av­er­age res­i­den­tial ratepayer will con­trib­ute an ex­tra $27.56 to the $1491 in rates they paid in 2016-17, with rate­able prop­er­ties across Cock­burn gen­er­at­ing $99.98 mil­lion or just un­der 70 per cent of the coun­cil’s in­come.

Other fees and charges will con­trib­ute a fur­ther $26.71 mil­lion to the bud­get, up 15 per cent on 2016-17.

Op­er­at­ing grants, which in­cludes money from the State and Fed­eral gov­ern­ments, will pour in $11.38 mil­lion.

The pen­sion re­bate cap of $750 will be re­tained by the State Gov­ern­ment al­though the se­niors re­bate will be cut from $288.70 to $100 in 2017-18.

The State Gov­ern­ment’s emer­gency ser­vices levy, col­lected by lo­cal gov­ern­ments to fund the De­part­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices, will in­crease by 4.63 per cent and gen­er­ate more than $15.9 mil­lion.

Cock­burn Mayor Lo­gan Howlett said the rate rise was the City’s low­est in 10 years.

“We have buffered our res­i­dents from ris­ing costs of waste, util­i­ties and emer­gency ser­vices as much as prac­ti­ca­ble while en­sur­ing our bud­get re­mains bal­anced through a fo­cused ef­fort to de­liver ef­fi­ciency and value for money sav­ings,” he said.

“We are com­mit­ted to de­liv­er­ing qual­ity fa­cil­i­ties and ser­vices, which in­cludes an ex­ten­sive cap­i­tal works pro­gram.”

More than $48 mil­lion will be spent on roads, drainage, parks and com­mu­nity in­fra­struc­ture over the next year, in­clud­ing fund­ing for the round­about at Ham­mond Road and Russell Road in Ham­mond Park and the du­pli­ca­tion of Spear­wood Av­enue be­tween Beel­iar Drive and Bar­ring­ton Street.

The City will con­tinue to run re­cy­cling trucks on a weekly ba­sis and res­i­den­tial prop­erty own­ers will re­ceive six tip passes and four verge col­lec­tions over the next year.

The City of Cock­burn will pay $2.5 mil­lion to main­tain its 12,800 street lights.

The full bud­get will be avail­able from June 30 at cock­burn.wa.gov.au.

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