Joondalup and Wanneroo seeking feedback on rates

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JOONDALUP councillors voted on Tuesday night to again apply differential rates for the draft budget for 2019-20, which could see a rate increase of 2.25 per cent.

This proposal will now be advertised for public comment for three weeks, with submissions to be presented to the council for further consideration.

The proposed rate increase is down from 2018-19, when rates increased by 2.95 per cent.

According to a council report, the increase was required to make up the $103.453 million needed from rates.

For 2019-20, the City proposes residential improved rates at 5.5886 cents in the dollar with a minimum payment of $909, up from 5.4656 cents and $889 in 2018-19.

For improved commercial, it proposes 6.8854 cents in the dollar with a minimum payment of $929.
For improved industrial, it proposes 5.8666 cents in the dollar with a minimum payment of $929.

In a bid to discourage the holding of vacant land and promote development, the City applies a higher differential rate to vacant land.

For 2019-20, the City proposes 11.1772 cents in the dollar with a minimum payment of $929 for vacant land.

 

Have your say on Wanneroo rates

THE City of Wanneroo has invited submissions on its proposed rates for 2019-20, which could increase by 1.8 per cent for some ratepayers.

The council approved differential general rates for the draft budget and for advertising this month.

The proposed rates for the residential improved category include a $988 minimum, up from $971 last year, while the gross rental value (GRV) rate in the dollar is 6.61 cents, compared to almost 6.5 for 2018-19.

The proposed minimum rate for vacant residential land was $991, with a GRV of 13.22 and unimproved value rate in the dollar of 0.56.

For commercial land, the minimum is proposed to be $1344 and the GRV could be more than 6.8.

The council is scheduled to consider the rates in the budget adoption process at a special council meeting on June 28 from 6pm.

Submissions can be sent to enquiries@wanneroo.wa.gov.au or posted to City of Wanneroo chief executive, Locked Bag 1, Wanneroo WA 6946 until 4pm on June 5.