Rise rates among low­est

Eastern Reporter - - Front Page - Mark Don­ald­son

THE Town of Bassendean is to have its low­est rate rise in more than a decade.

The coun­cil en­dorsed the 2018-19 draft bud­get at its July 24 meet­ing, which in­cluded a 0.9 per cent rate rise.

Cor­po­rate ser­vices di­rec­tor Michael Costarella said it was the low­est in­crease he had seen in 11 years at the Town. It meant the min­i­mum rate for each prop­erty would in­crease $10 from $1085 to $1095.

It was among the low­est rises in Perth, along with the City of Melville (0.9 per cent), City of Perth (0.8 per cent) and Town of Cottes­loe (0.7 per cent).

The Town of Cam­bridge was the only coun­cil in Perth to have no in­crease.

Mr Costarella said the Town achieved the small rise through hav­ing cap­i­tal grants of $2.3 mil­lion, cash in lieu of $544,000 and $1.4 mil­lion of re­serve funds for cap­i­tal works.

The Town had a 2.5 per cent rise last year.

Waste ser­vice fees are to in­crease by $5 from $360 to $365 to cover the in­tro­duc­tion of a third bin into the house­hold waste sys­tem.

Coun­cil­lors re­jected a rec­om­men­da­tion to in­crease Aus­tralia Day fire­works park­ing costs from $10 to $15.

The bud­get was at a sur­plus of nearly $100,000 be­fore coun­cil­lors made sev­eral amend­ments, the big­gest of which was Mayor Re­nee McLen­nan’s pro­posal to plant 100 more trees in the Town.

She said this would cost about $75,000 to “kick-start our ur­ban for­est”.

Coun­cil­lors passed the amend­ment unan­i­mously.

TOWN of Bassendean coun­cil­lors have voted against giv­ing them­selves a pay rise.

Cr Melissa Mykytiuk raised the pos­si­bil­ity of a small pay rise as a po­ten­tial amend­ment to the bud­get dur­ing dis­cus­sions at the July 24 meet­ing.

Cr Mykytiuk sug­gested coun­cil­lors be paid $205 ex­tra to in­crease their earn­ings, known as sit­ting fees, from $16,000 to the max­i­mum al­lowed $16,205.

She was ini­tially go­ing to call for a $1000 in­crease, but was in­formed of the cap on sit­ting fees.

“I have never in my life seen a group of peo­ple that work so hard and so tire­lessly for the ben­e­fit of oth­ers,” she said.

“While this ap­pears to be a money in­cen­tive, it’s the abil­ity to buy a lit­tle bit more time to pro­vide that valu­able ser­vice to the com­mu­nity.”

Cr Sarah Quin­ton spoke in sup­port.

“This is a work­place, we make de­ci­sions and we are grossly un­der­paid for that,” she said.

Cr Jai Wil­son was against the sug­ges­tion, say­ing he backed the Salaries and Al­lowances Tri­bunal’s rec­om­men­da­tion that there be no in­crease to earn­ings.

“I would not sup­port giv­ing an in­crease to my pay­ment at a fig­ure that was above that which the staff would re­ceive in their union-ne­go­ti­ated agree­ment,” he said.

Cr Mykytiuk also pro­posed max­i­mum in­creases to the Mayor’s $25,000 meet­ing fee and $36,000 lo­cal gov­ern­ment al­lowance.

Mayor Re­nee McLen­nan was thank­ful for the sup­port but said she had al­ready re­fused a $7000 in­crease to her sit­ting fee in an ear­lier ver­sion of the bud­get and did not favour Cr Mykytiuk’s pro­posal.

No coun­cil­lors sec­onded ei­ther of the amend­ments.

Pic­ture: Andrew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d475510

Bassendean Mayor Re­nee McLen­nan has re­jected calls for a pay rise.

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