‘Mod­est’ rate rise for Perth

Guardian Express - - NEWS - By JU­LIAN WRIGHT

CITY of Perth prop­erty own­ers will ex­pe­ri­ence one of the low­est rates rises in the 2018-19 fi­nan­cial year with a 0.8 per cent in­crease.

Perth comes sec­ond to the Town of Cottes­loe so far, with that western sub­urbs lo­cal gov­ern­ment propos­ing 0.7 per cent.

The City of Perth’s “mod­est” rate rise was 1.5 per cent in the 2017-18 fi­nan­cial year.

The new fi­nan­cial year will have the City of Perth bring in $90.2 mil­lion from rates, which in­cludes res­i­den­tial, re­tail, commercial, va­cant land and ho­tel, which is $934,000 more than the cur­rent fi­nan­cial year.

Those that own an empty block will be charged 6.25 cents in the dol­lar, while commercial and ho­tel will both be charged 5.56 cents in the dol­lar.

Grants and sub­si­dies have in­creased by $214,000 com­pared to the cur­rent bud­get, with $675,000 for the Smarter Cities and $375,000 for the Ozone Re­serve arte­sian bore project.

How­ever, re­cur­rent grants have de­creased by $97,000, pri­mar­ily due to a de­crease in bud­geted Sky­works grant fund­ing by $65,000 to $435,000.

Rub­bish col­lec­tion fees are pro­jected to go up by 2.7 per cent, or $260,000, to re­cover the 13.9 per cent in­crease in the City’s landfill disposal charges.

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