Coun­cil passes 1.8% rise in rates

Kalamunda Reporter - - News -

THE City of Swan coun­cil has adopted a 1.8 per cent rate in­crease and the 201819 an­nual bud­get, pass­ing the low­est in­crease in more than 17 years.

Coun­cil­lors de­bated be­tween two pos­si­ble sce­nar­ios af­ter ad­ver­tis­ing no rate rise and a 1.8 per cent rise.

Mayor Dave Lu­cas said the dif­fer­ence was only $36 for the year for ratepay­ers but al­lowed the City to stay on solid foot­ing when try­ing to de­liver key projects.

Cr Lu­cas said the rates in­crease was 0.7 per cent lower than last year’s rates.

“The City’s an­nual bud­get al­lows us to de­liver the core ser­vices our res­i­dent ex­pect while plan­ning for the fu­ture and im­prov­ing key in­fra­struc­ture for our com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing roads and fa­cil­i­ties,” he said.

“We’ve given the an­nual bud­get care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion. Like ev­ery­day house­holds, the City also faces in­creas­ing costs in­clud­ing elec­tric­ity, wa­ter and mo­tor ve­hi­cle regis­tra­tions.”

He said the bud­get was re­al­is­tic and en­abled the City to pay for works.

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