‘This year our aim is to bring it under 4 per cent ” last year it was about 4.9 ” which I think you’ll find will be one of the lowest rises in Perth,’ she said.
Ms MacTiernan said council went through the budget ‘with a fine-tooth comb’ when allocating funds to ventures.
‘One of the big projects will be $1 million for the upgrade of Oxford Street in Leederville,’ she said.
‘Another $200,000 will go to the next stage of the Beaufort Street upgrade. We really need to invest in our town centres, as they are important economically and socially. We’re also recognising that we have a huge baby boom that has occurred, so we’re putting serious money into the budget for enhanced playgrounds.’
Ms MacTiernan said about $400,000 would also go into renewable energy projects and a significant amount into the festival budget.
‘We’ve only got a finite capacity to actually get jobs done, so I’d rather have a smaller number of things that we can actually do than a huge number of things,’ she said. The draft budget will go out for public comment for 14 days.