Shire of Mundaring council to vote on 3.5% rate rise

Shire of Mundaring council to vote on 3.5% rate rise

MUNDARING Shire councillors will vote on a rate rise of 3.5 per cent as part of a proposal to peg increases under 5 per cent for the next four years.

Councillors are expected to endorse the rate rise at a special council meeting on July 19, having earlier agreed to cap rates below the 5 per cent originally proposed by the Shire.

The lower rate will be offset by cuts to ratepayer services following a community online and phone survey to guide the council on its final decision.

Shire President David Lavell was pleased the council could work towards a new rating model as part of the Shire’s long term financial plan, corporate business plan and annual budget.

“Collectively, we were able to achieve a balance of a reduction in services with cost saving efficiencies that will ultimately achieve a lower rate increase for the Mundaring community,” he said.

Community support secured the future of library opening times and the tree canopy understorey program, together with no immediate change to services at Lake Leschenaultia and Mt Helena Aquatic and Recreation Centre in 2017-18.

The cutbacks listed as effective from July 1 on the council website include less funding for new drainage and footpaths, disposal of Mahogany Creek Hall and closure of tennis courts at Wooroloo, Chidlow and Mahogany Creek.

Rebates for dog and cat sterilisations will go and the Shire will stop funding tourism strategy and direction.

The deciding factors considered by the council were cost, risk associated with reduction, impact of change and current usage of the service.

For full details, go to www.mundaring.wa.gov.au and visit rates and services proposal.

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