Stirling council to vote on rates rise

City of Stirling.
City of Stirling.

THE City of Stirling is proposing a 1.4 per cent rate rise this year.

Councillors will vote on the increase, which excludes waste collection costs, as part of budget deliberations at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Bin collection charges are proposed to increase by 3 per cent, or $10, to $345 for standard services.

The average increase in total charges (rates, rubbish and security services) would be 1.7 per cent.

If adopted, the City would raise an additional $3 million from rates compared to 2017-18, expecting to collect $137.4 million.

It plans to spend nearly $70 million on capital works projects and estimates a budget surplus of $6.9 million.

Council voted in April to consider not increasing rates.

Neighbouring councils’ rate rises were 2.95 per cent in Joondalup, 2 per cent (excluding waste) in Wanneroo and 0.8 per cent in Perth.