Rates could rise 2.7 per cent in Canning

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A RESIDENTIAL rate increase of 2.7 per cent has been proposed in the City of Canning. .

The rates hike is similar to the 2.8 per cent increase experienced by ratepayers last financial year.

The City of Canning is headed for a late adoption of its 2018/19 budget because it is preparing to introduce a differential rating system that it hopes will achieve an overall rate increase of 3.5 per cent.

The budget will be considered in August.

Meanwhile, the new differential rating system will go before council this month with proposed rates in the dollar for residential, non-residential and unimproved property.

It requires a three-week period for submissions following council endorsement.

City of Canning Mayor Paul Ng said the residential rates increase of 2.7 per cent included waste and security charges, and represented a rise of 71c per week for the average ratepayer.

Emergency Services Levy charges, which are an additional charge set by the State Government, are increasing 9.25 per cent and will increase by $26 for the average City of Canning property.

“Canning’s proposed rate in the dollar remains significantly lower than all neighbouring councils,” Mr Ng said.

However, some surrounding councils have lower rises planned for the 2018/19 financial year.

The City of Melville will increase its residential rates by 0.9 per cent, while the Town of Victoria Park’s increase is 3 per cent, and South Perth’s 1.6 per cent.

The rate in the dollar for all rating categories in the City of Gosnells increased by 1.9 per cent.