THE rates structure in the City of Canning is under review and the new rating strategy shows people are generally supportive of the proposal to introduce differential rates.
A survey showed people were generally supportive of specified area rating but they were less favourable towards paying more for specific projects like street trees.
Residents still preferred receiving paper rates instalment notices.
One hundred and seventeen people responded to the rating discussion paper, ahead of next Tuesday’s council meeting.
In March, the matter was discussed with local ratepayers groups.
The city’s 10 largest ratepayers were also invited to comment on the discussion paper – with an agent acting on behalf of Scentre Group, Stockland and Lend Lease visiting the City of Canning on April 20, according to the Agenda Briefing’s agenda notes.
The rating strategy paper considers a specified area rating for the purpose of meeting the cost of specific works, including the City Centre as well as local and commercial activity centres.
For example, an extra rates charge could provide funding towards the payment of specific loans, neighbourhood rejuvenations, and meeting higher service levels or specific community needs.
The Rating Discussion Paper also considered implementing a cost recovery fee for postage and handling of its rate notices, recommending the fee would be waived for pensioners and all ratepayers receiving their rates notice by email or online banking through BPAY View.
The current rating strategy includes a single rate in the dollar with a minimum amount payable, a specified area rate for the Canning Vale Estates to maintain a higher streetscape amenity, and annual charges for 24-hour security plus any zoned underground power charges.
Rubbish removal and swimming pool inspections are charged separately.
The Rating Strategy does not determine the level of rates payable – this will be done through the annual budget process.