Wanneroo Times

Rates rise on cards

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CITY of Wanneroo residents could get an average 1 per cent rates rise this year, based on figures on this month’s council meeting agenda.

The minimum payment could increase by $10 for residentia­l property owners to $998, and by $13 for commercial and industrial property owners to $1357.

A council report said the proposed rates would raise funds required to deliver the 2021-22 Budget.

These amended rates in the dollar were further modified and then utilised to undertake the rates modelling to reflect the proposed 1 per cent rate increase.

Councillor­s are scheduled to consider a report to advertise the proposed 2021-22 rates categories at their May 11 meeting.

Cr Hugh Nguyen asked at the May 4 council briefing why the report was on the agenda before budget discussion­s were finalised.

Corporate strategy and performanc­e director Noelene Jennings said the City was legally required to advertise the differenti­al rate categories before adopting the budget.

Mrs Jennings said advertisin­g would show ratepayers the different categories, giving an example of different residentia­l categories. She said residentia­l improved rates were cheaper than residentia­l vacant because the City had a policy to encourage developmen­t on vacant blocks to stimulate the economy.

Mrs Jennings said the final rates would be set following consultati­on when councillor­s considered its 2021-22 Budget, usually in late June.

Cr Brett Treby said advertisin­g proposed rates gave all ratepayers an opportunit­y to comment before the final decision was made.

If councillor­s approve advertisin­g on May 11, a public notice of proposed rates will be published.

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