City of Gosnells approves rate rise of less than two per cent for second year running

City of Gosnells.
City of Gosnells.

The City of Gosnells has approved a rate increase of less than 2 per cent for the second year running.

Rates will rise across the board for all property owners by 1.9 per cent, after it was increased by 1.95 per cent last year.

The increase is the lowest in over a decade.

Mayor Glenn Dewhurst said significant increases in utility costs and other State Government services had affected the City’s budget, just as they have affected household budgets.

Electricity costs (7 per cent) water costs (5.5 per cent) and vehicle registration fees (5.8 per cent) have all risen recently, while the State Government’s Emergency Services Levy has also increased by 10.9 per cent.

Mayor Dewhurst said the City had toiled to ensure their ratepayers were not saddled with a big rate increase.

“We recognise finances for our ratepayers are tight, and we work hard to ensure our rates are kept as low as possible,” he said.

“Providing quality services, support and engagement for residents and ratepayers will continue to be a focus in 2018/19, with many vibrant and exciting programs, activities and events lined up for all our residents.”