Rates rise on cards
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.