A RATE rise of 3.6 per cent was passed at tonight’s City of Rockingham meeting.
The Annual Budget for the 2018/2019 financial year was unanimously adopted.
The total rate yield is anticipated to be about $87.05m.
Councillor Matt Whitfield said a 3.6 per cent rate rise was needed.
He said council had lost a large contract and the City’s electricity costs had increased by $800,000.
Cr Whitfield said the rate rise was needed for the City’s infrastructure plan.
Councillor Deb Hamlin said the region needed the infrastructure, particularly in high growth areas.
“If we do not [provide these facilities] we will pay for it in the juvenile justice system,” she said.
“We have one of the biggest population growths and we need to be able to support it.”
The 2018/19 capital budget includes capital projects such as the Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation Project for $10.7m, City Asset Renewal (roads, parks, lighting and drainage) $10.5m, Baldivis District Sporting Complex Stage 1 $5.1m and the Baldivis South Community Centre $1.3m.
For all residential properties where Gross Rental Valuations are applied, a rate of 7.009 cents in the dollar with a minimum rate of $1,159 apply
For all non residential properties where Gross Rental Valuations are applied, a rate of 8.288 cents in the dollar with a minimum rate of $1,158 apply
For unimproved valued properties a rate of 0.103 cents in the dollar with a minimum rate of $630 to apply