Rubbish collection hike tipped in City of Perth budget

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CITY of Perth property owners are likely to face a modest one per cent rates increase but a 2.7 per cent hike in rubbish collection fees in the next financial year.

Perth’s three commissioners are expected to pass the 2018/19 budget at the May 29 meeting, their first since the entire council was suspended in March by Local Government Minister David Templeman.

The draft budget predicts the city would raise $90.2 million in rates revenue, up $934,000 from the 2017/18 financial year.

Rates constitute 45 per cent of the city’s operating revenue but the general minimum rate will be maintained at $705 for all categories.

According to the draft budget, the projected $260,000 increase in the rubbish collection fees would recover the 13.9 per cent increase in the City’s landfill disposal charges.

The 2018/19 financial year will also see an increase in overall employee costs by 4.5 per cent, or $3.5 million.

This attributed in part to the Enterprise Bargaining Agreement accounting for a three per cent or $2.5 million increase and vacancies factor, as determined by the Business Units based on current staff turnover information.

Perth Commissioners in April slashed the Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi’s fees by more than half and scrapped sitting fee payments to suspended councillors in a bid to save more than $400,000 per year.

Ms Scaffidi’s fees plummeted from her full entitlement of $135,909 to $60,900 per annum.

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