City of Swan could increase rates by 3.25 per cent

City of Swan could increase rates by 3.25 per cent

RATES in the City of Swan look likely to increase by 3.25 per cent in next financial year.

Councillors at last week’s meeting resolved to seek public comment on a rate rise, as required by the Local Government Act 1995 that states councils must advertise proposed Differential Rates and Special Area Rate for comment by the community.

The motion was put forward by Cr Kevin Bailey and seconded by Cr David McDonnell, who said the increase was necessary.

“A rise of 3.25 per cent will allow the City of Swan to provide extra services that are needed in the community,” Cr McDonnell said.

“It means the difference of about $20 per month for a commercial property and $1.25 for residential.”

Cr David Johnson proposed a 2.95 per cent increase, but the higher increase of 3.25 per cent won in a tight 7-5 vote.

Swan Chamber of Commerce senior vice-president Graeme Harris pleaded with the council to make the rates as low as possible.

“Given the hard economic times we’re in, the City of Swan needs to realise we don’t want to stunt business growth in the area,” he said.

“Please look at that and take into account that a large rise will put the City of Swan at a great disadvantage.”

Mr Harris said there would be consequences if rates were not kept at an absolute minimum.

“I am imploring upon you to please consider what I am saying,” he said.

“We are trying to attract new businesses and investors into the area and it will not happen if rates increase significantly.”