Rates to go up by almost 6 per cent

Rates to go up by almost 6 per cent

The City of Canning approved the adoption of its 2014/15 budget at a special council meeting on Wednesday, which included a rate rise of 5.9 per cent.

Commissioner Linton Reynolds said the budget was good considering it was a revaluation year for properties rated using Gross Rental Value (GRV).

‘Every three years, properties in the metropolitan area are revalued by the State Valuer General,’ Mr Reynolds said.

‘The resulting GRV for each property is used by councils, the Water Corporation and FESA to calculate their rates charges for each property. Some properties have decreased in GRV, while others, particularly businesses, have increased sharply.’

Mr Reynolds said the 5.9 per cent rate rise amounted to an increase of just over $2 per week per ratepayer.

‘We are bringing the minimum rate in line with other surrounding local governments gradually, so as not to impact people on fixed incomes too much,’ he said.

‘The City of Canning is managing a number of different cost pressures, including the increase of utility charges of almost $300,000, which alone amounts to a 0.6 per cent rate increase.

‘The City is also passing on only a portion of the State Government Landfill Levy increase of 4.13 per cent, which would normally result in an additional cost of $14.36 to ratepayers.’

Mr Reynolds said the cost of implementing potential undefined boundary changes handed down by the State Government was considered.

‘The City, even though it does not yet know what or if there will be any boundary changes, felt that it was good governance to ensure we had a reserve available,’ he said.

‘Therefore, the City has budgeted $4 million to cover the first few years costs in the event we may need to enact a plan for change.’