Mandurah ratepayers invited to comment on proposed rate increase

A PROPOSED 1.9 per cent increase in Mandurah’s rates has been adopted for advertising by the City of Mandurah.

Councillors were told it was the lowest increase for 10 years.

Chief executive Mark Newman said the City continued to face challenges in providing services and infrastructure to a growing community.

Although sections of the community were experiencing financial stress, it was important the City ensured it would be able to deliver its services and provide community infrastructure into the future, he said.

That would not be achievable if revenues were insufficient for the task.

Mr Newman said it was paramount the budget reflected value for money, while still providing quality projects to the community in areas including recreation, roads and waterways.

“The City is fortunate that its new waste management contract has generated significant savings,” he said.

According to a report to the council, Mandurah was experiencing falling rents and property values, coupled with a sluggish market in both residential property sectors.

Despite the continuation of record low interest rates, mortgage stress was evident in some areas, along with an increasing number of requests for payment arrangements.

Written submissions only are invited from ratepayers on www.haveyoursaymandurah.|, mailed to the Chief Executive Officer, City of Mandurah, PO Box 210, Mandurah or lodged in person at the council administration centre, and must be received by 5pm on Friday, July 7.