City of Mandurah finances in good shape thanks to increase of received rates and services making profits

City of Mandurah finances in good shape thanks to increase of received rates and services making profits

CITY of Mandurah council revealed at last night’s meeting that it left the month of April 2 per cent over its expected revenue.

Council also revealed it received 98.3 per cent of its rates, which was up on the same time last year.

Councillor Lynn Rogers asked the manager of financial services David Prattent if the increase was due to new payment methods.

The new payment methods allow residents to pay rates weekly if they are experiencing financial difficulties.

Mr Prattent said it was certainly possible, as more than 4000 people were paying their rates weekly.

“We’d typically be chasing them up,” Mr Prattent said.

Cr Rogers congratulated the City for putting those payment methods in place.

“There are lots of people in Mandurah on low to middle incomes,” she said.

“When water and utility bills come in, this is the only way we would get our rates on time.”

The excess funds in the budget came through a higher than normal rate of building approvals which added $112,443 to the bottom line.

The Mandurah Aquatic Centre made $116,409 in profit.

Ranger services drummed up $158,700 in revenue through an increase in fines, animal registrations and fire prevention.

The Waste Management Centre made $309,890, festivals made $140,640 and the City received $1.45m in total revenue.

In more good news for the City, it was revealed Crab Fest visitor numbers were up.

A phone verification system confirmed 116,000 to 120,000 people visited the festival weekend during March.

These numbers are up on last year, where an extreme weather event kept visitor numbers down around the 90,000 mark.