City counts the cost

If adopted by Council, the 4 per cent increase in rates will up the average household payment to $868, on top of a $435 waste charge and $65 security levy, up $5 on 2013-14.

Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett said the increase of $1.09 per week would help fund Council’s $170 million operational and capital program, up $6 million over 2013-14.

The City’s capital spend will total $46 million, with $20 million for the recreational facility at Cockburn Central West.

About $10 million will be spent on road infrastructure, with $3.4 million going towards the duplication of Beeliar Drive between Stock Road and Spearwood Avenue.

Just under $6 million will be spent on parks infrastructure and landscaping, including $1.1 million for the adventure playground at Bibra Lake and $500,000 to bring to life the Coogee Beach master plan.

While no increase is desired, the bump in rates seems minor considering talk of big hikes should councils be called on to foot the bill for impending local government reform.

Mr Howlett said the City was counting on the State Government to pay for reform.

‘If the process goes ahead without the State Government’s funding, rates would increase to pay for this,’ he said.