City of Vincent council to decide on ‘reasonable’ 2.7% rate rise

City of Vincent Mayor Emma Cole.
City of Vincent Mayor Emma Cole.

AFTER five budget workshops, one lasting more than five hours, City of Vincent council voted to advertise a “reasonable” 2.7 per cent rate increase.

The rate will be advertised for 21 days before it is decided on by council at an upcoming meeting.

Ratepayers within the City will face paying at least $1100 in rates with the increase.

Councillor Joshua Topelberg said it was the “second lowest minimum rate increase”.

“That is an extraordinary return for ratepayers,” he said.

Mayor Emma Cole said City staff and elected members spent many hours putting together the next budget.

She acknowledged it was a “tough economic time” but called the rate increase “modest”.

She said the City forecast it would be down $300,000 in the next financial year with less customers recorded at Beatty Park Leisure Centre and the scrapped alfresco permits being contributing factors to the shortfall.

The community is invited to make submissions on the proposed rates increase.

City of Vincent proposed rates 2017-18

Rating Category                          Rate-in-$                Minimum
Residential                                  0.06289                   $1100
Commercial Vacant                     0.12236                   $1414
Other                                           0.06489                   $1100

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