Rate rise of 3.6% approved
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).