CITY of Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright is again urging the State Government to scrap plans to cut vehicle licence concessions for local governments.
Cr Wainwright said he felt compelled to speak out after comments made last week by Local Government Minister David Templeman that the cuts could still go ahead.
“In a nutshell, it is very disappointing and it’s the residents who will suffer,” he said.
“Cutting vehicle licensing concessions will cost the City of Swan close to $400,000, which is equivalent to almost a half of a per cent increase to rates.
“While this is not a path we want to take, it’s important to make clear the impact a decision like this will have on every single West Australian.”
Cr Wainwright said that while he understood the current budget situation was dire, shifting the burden to local government was not the right move.
“Unfortunately local governments have a limited capacity to raise money, so we would have to look at a reduction in services or applying extra costs to ratepayers,” he said.
“Not only would this affect the delivery of community infrastructure, but essential services across the City.”
Cr Wainwright said the City of Swan would continue to support the WA Local Government Association’s campaign to have the decision reversed.