Rate rise of 3.6% ap­proved

Kwinana Courier - - News - Vanessa Sch­mitt

THE City of Rock­ing­ham has passed a rate rise of 3.6 per cent.

The An­nual Bud­get for the 2018/2019 fi­nan­cial year was unan­i­mously adopted with the to­tal rate yield to be about $87.05m.

Coun­cil­lor Matt Whit­field said a 3.6 per cent rate rise was needed as coun­cil had lost a large con­tract and the City’s elec­tric­ity costs had risen $800,000.

He said the Bal­divis dog park and the all-abil­i­ties play­ground in Se­cret Har­bour were ex­am­ples of the valu­able fa­cil­i­ties pro­vided by coun­cil.

Coun­cil­lor Deb Ham­lin said the re­gion needed the in­fra­struc­ture.

“If we do not pro­vide these fa­cil­i­ties we will pay for it in the ju­ve­nile jus­tice sys­tem,” she said. “We have one of the big­gest pop­u­la­tion growths and we need to be able to sup­port it.”

The 2018/19 cap­i­tal bud­get in­cludes cap­i­tal projects such as the Rock­ing­ham Beach Fore­shore Re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion Project ($10.7m), City as­set re­newal (roads, parks, light­ing and drainage) ($10.5m), Bal­divis District Sport­ing Com­plex ($5.1m) and the Bal­divis South Com­mu­nity Cen­tre ($1.3m).

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