City of Armadale rates to go up 3% after budget passed

City of Armadale rates to go up 3% after budget passed

CITY of Armadale has increased rates by 3 per cent after passing its 2016-17 Budget last week.

The rates hike comprised 1 per cent for local government inflation costs and 2 per cent to fund the City’s growth initiatives and infrastructure renewal.

A council report said the increase would be the same for all properties because 2016-17 was not a revaluation year for gross rental values.

Mayor Henry Zelones said the City was conscious of the pressures faced by families in difficult economic times.

“This year the City’s community strategic plan and corporate business plan have been the key drivers behind the priorities included in this year’s Budget,” he said.

Major projects to receive funding included stage two of the Piara Waters community and sporting facility ($4.6 million) and the Armadale Hall upgrade ($3.2 million).

There will also be a $15.7 million civil works program, including the duplication of Nicholson Road, Blackspot programs, new bus shelters and new street lighting.

“Armadale continues to record substantial growth, challenging us to work even harder in providing the services and infrastructure required at the lowest possible cost,” Cr Zelones said.

The City also agreed to lower the average specified area rate for Harrisdale and Piara Waters by $95 to $64.

The decision follows a backlash from residents considering moves to secede from the City.