Rates rise to deliver big budget projects

Mayor Henry Zelones said the City had converted to a new format this year and adopted a five-year corporate business plan.

‘The budget is late but delivers the balance we were seeking,’ Cr Zelones said.

Major projects include the new landmark City building to house a State Government agency and City staff.

The Piara Waters (North) Community and Sporting Facility will also be a major project in the budget.

The average improved residential property rates will rise $79.36 per year.

‘We continue to place an emphasis on attracting industrial and commercial development to the City, which ensures over time the pressure on ratepayers can be reduced,’ Cr Zelones said.

A report to council is expected in the next two months regarding reimbursement for a group of owners of vacant land whose properties were incorrectly valued, prompting the City to apply rates at too high a level in the past.