Perth council seeks feedback on differential rates proposal

Town of Bassendean administration building. Picture: David Baylis.
Town of Bassendean administration building. Picture: David Baylis.

BASSENDEAN Council will consult ratepayers on its proposed differential and minimal rates in the 2019-20 budget.

Councillors unanimously approved to advertise the proposed rates and seek public comment at its June 18 special meeting.

The proposed differential rates for all vacant land is 14.5 cents in the dollar with a minimum rate of $2100, as per the gross rental value of each property.

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There are 188 vacant properties that would be affected if the council voted to approve the proposal following community consultation.

The proposed differential rate for residential, commercial and industrial land zoned under the Town Planning Scheme and are having improvements done is 7.3 cents in the dollar with a minimum rate of $1106.

This would enable ratepayers contribute to the ongoing maintenance and provision of works, services and facilities throughout the Town

The proposed general rate rise is one per cent.

Old Perth Road. Picture: David Baylis.

Town of Bassendean officers will prepare a report based on the findings for council’s consideration in July.

According to an officer’s report, the reason for a differential rate for vacant land was to distribute the rates burden equitably and help fund additional costs of servicing properties that were prone to illegal dumping and anti-social behaviour.

There was about 1318 minimum rated residential properties that delivered a rate revenue in 2018-19 of $1,443,210.

The expected revenue in 2019-20 is $1,564,920.

Affected house owners will be sent a letter addressing the proposed changes and inviting them to provide comments.

There will be an ad placed in a local newspaper notifying all ratepayers about the rates and asking them to comment over a 21-day period,

Ratepayers can also comment on the Town’s YourSay website.

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