City of Vincent passes 2.95 per cent rates increase for ratepayers

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CITY of Vincent’s higher-end-of-the-scale rates increase of 2.95 per cent has been attributed to costly building maintenance.

Rates increases across Perth have ranged from 0.7 per cent in the Town of Cottesloe to 3.6 per cent in the City of Rockingham.

Cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo also have rates increases of 2.95 per cent, with City of Perth’s being 0.8 per cent.

Vincent Council passed the 2018-19 budget, which includes the rates increase, on June 26 which will see more than $34.7 million raised from rates.

Mayor Emma Cole said the council was still “looking backward” after money spent on maintenance at Beatty Park Leisure Centre in the 2017-18 financial year stung the City’s back pocket.

This budget also commits significant extra funding to the tune of $884,000 towards remedial work on various sporting club buildings and includes an additional commitment of $330,000 towards community events.

Ms Cole said the City tried to keep ahead of the game and worked really hard to keep the rates increase as low as possible.

She said the budget took into account information gathered during the Imagine Vincent process.

“We took all the feedback, came up with six key themes, and used them as the backbone of the budget to inform where council is spending the money,” she said.

More than $400,000 will be spent on solar panels for the Administration, Depot, Library and Beatty Park buildings.

The City will also waive more than $135,000 in rates for 27 community groups and sports clubs.

Rates across Perth

City of Rockingham 3.6%

City of Kwinana 3.5%

Shire of Mundaring 3.1%

Town of Victoria Park 3%

City of Joondalup 2.95%

City of Nedlands 2.95%

City of Wanneroo 2%

City of Fremantle 2.9%

City of East Fremantle 2.5%

City of Mandurah 2.4%

City of Kalamunda 2.1%

Town of Claremont 1.9 per cent

City of Cockburn 1.9 per cent

City of Swan 1.8%

City of Melville 0.9%

City of Perth 0.8%

Town of Cottesloe 0.7%