Rates up by 3.5 per cent

Image: File photo.
Image: File photo.

Stirling is the largest local government in WA, based on population, and the overall budget stands at $259.9 million, of which $115.3 million will be raised by general rate revenue.

The adopted budget seeks to maintain the current level of facilities and services residents are accustomed to, in addition to undertaking appropriate infrastructure refurbishment for a fair and reasonable average increase to rates.

Mayor David Boothman described the budget as prudent, with a balanced approach to meeting community expectations in a difficult economic climate.

‘This financial year, the City will undertake a $64.4 million new capital works program in which more than $28.2 million will be spent on new roads, paths, drains, and new parking infrastructure, as well as maintaining the City’s existing infrastructure,’ he said.

‘A further $7.7 million has been earmarked for parks and reserves, and $12.8 million for construction and upgrading of buildings.’

The levy for the City’s security patrols will be $28 per property, an increase of $1, while the annual waste collection and recycling fee for a standard $240 litre bin remains at $278.

Cr Boothman said he was pleased the City could also continue its debt-free policy.

‘At 3.493 per cent, the City of Stirling’s average rate increase is one of the lowest in the metropolitan area and extremely competitive when compared to other councils in WA,’ he said.

‘The City has also continued its debt-free policy, with no provision in this budget to borrow funds for the works, once again highlighting the short-term and long-term financial sustainability of the City.’

Residents who pay their rates in full within 28 days of their notice being issued will be entered into the City’s prize draw, valued at more than $60,000, including the chance to win a Toyota Camry Hybrid.