City of Kalamunda adopts 2 per cent rate rise

City of Kalamunda adopts 2 per cent rate rise

THE City of Kalamunda has adopted its 2018-19 budget and long-term financial plan with residential rates to increase by two per cent this financial year.

Mayor John Giardina said this year’s budget would save more than $1 million through energy efficiency initiatives, renegotiation of insurance contracts and a reduction in fleet vehicles.

“The financial outlook is challenging and many community members are facing financial hardship due to higher unemployment and significant increases in State Government fees and charges,” he said.

“Accordingly, the City is committed to maintaining close control over rate increases, generating efficiencies, controlling expenditure growth and seeking to maximise revenues other than rates through advocacy efforts to secure state and federal grant funding.”

Cr Giardina said the budget included $25 million in the capital works program including significant works in roads and drainage.

“The capital works program contains funding for significant works at Hartfield Park, Jorgensen Park, restoration works at Alan Anderson Park, town centre works and works on various master plans at Stirk Park and Ray Owen Reserve,” he said.