City of Wanneroo could increase residential rates by 2.95 per cent

The City of Wanneroo's civic centre.
The City of Wanneroo's civic centre.

RESIDENTIAL rates in the City of Wanneroo could increase by 2.95 per cent next financial year, with the minimum rate set at $980.

The council recently approved the differential general rates for its draft 2018-19 Budget and advertising the proposed rates for public submissions until May 30.

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The proposed rates would deliver an overall rate revenue increase of 3.5 per cent, which varies between different categories with most to match the residential improved rate increase.

However, the rate for vacant commercial properties is set to increase by 5.35 per cent while for vacant residential lots the proposed increase is 10.68 per cent.

According to a report to the council this month, the City will increase its minimum rate on vacant residential land to $1005 to align with neighbouring councils.

It said a WA Local Government Grants Commissions Public Hearing in 2016 found the City’s minimum rates on vacant land were low, prompting a three-year bid to increase those rates.

The report said the cost of waste has been excluded from the rates increase.

Any submissions received will be considered as part of the budget adoption process in late June.

For more information, visit http://www.wanneroo.wa.gov.au/news/article/800/proposed_differential_rates_for_2018-2019

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