The average property will be paying an extra $2.63 per week. While 27 per cent of ratepayers will have an increase between 5-10 per cent, only 9 per cent will experience a decrease in their rates.
South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty said the main driver behind the rates was the changes in the gross rental value.
‘These have increased on average by between 16 and 21 per cent and are reassessed every three years,’ she said.
‘Other factors have included increased State Government charges for power, which impacts on street lighting, water and petroleum-based products such as asphalt for roads and fuel.
‘New or increased State Government levies that local governments are required to pass on has also impacted on costs, such as the waste levy payable to the State Government, which will double from $28 to $55 on January 1.’