City of Cockburn ratepayers face 1.75% increase

City of Cockburn ratepayers face 1.75% increase

RATES in Cockburn will increase 1.75 per cent to fund the lion’s share of the City’s $144.29 million 2017-18 budget.

The City expects the average residential ratepayer will contribute an extra $27.56 to the $1491 in rates they paid in 2016-17, with rateable properties across Cockburn generating $99.98 million or just under 70 per cent of the council’s income.

Other fees and charges will contribute a further $26.71 million to the budget, up 15 per cent on 2016-17.

Operating grants, which includes money from the State and Federal governments, will pour in $11.38 million.

The pension rebate cap of $750 will be retained by the State Government although the seniors rebate will be cut from $288.70 to $100 in 2017-18.

The State Government’s emergency services levy, collected by local governments to fund the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, will increase by 4.63 per cent and generate more than $15.9 million.

Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett said the rate rise was the City’s lowest in 10 years.

“We have buffered our residents from rising costs of waste, utilities and emergency services as much as practicable while ensuring our budget remains balanced through a focused effort to deliver efficiency and value for money savings,” he said.

“We are committed to delivering quality facilities and services, which includes an extensive capital works program.”

More than $48 million will be spent on roads, drainage, parks and community infrastructure over the next year, including funding for the roundabout at Hammond Road and Russell Road in Hammond Park and the duplication of Spearwood Avenue between Beeliar Drive and Barrington Street.

The City will continue to run recycling trucks on a weekly basis and residential property owners will receive six tip passes and four verge collections over the next year.

The City of Cockburn will pay $2.5 million to maintain its 12,800 street lights.

The full budget will be available from June 30 at cockburn.wa.gov.au.

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