Subiaco residents cop 2.18 per cent rate rise

Subiaco Mayor Penny Taylor.
Subiaco Mayor Penny Taylor.

SUBIACO residents will cop a 2.18 per cent rate rise.

Councillors adopted the 2019/20 budget at a meeting last night and unanimously agreed with Cr Stephanie Stroud to reduce the proposed 2.33 per cent rate rise to 2.18 per cent.

“Subiaco rates are too high,” Cr Stroud said.

“Over the next 12 months, council needs to plan and adjust the City’s Strategic Financial Plan to achieve a sustainable zero rate increase for 2020/21.”

Cr Malcolm Mummery said it was possible for the City to implement a zero per cent rate increase for the 2019/20 budget but chief executive Rochelle Lavery said it would reduce the City’s spending on community services.

Mayor Penny Taylor said she was pleased with the “modest budget”.

“We’re keeping fees and charges the same and this is an important point,” she said.

The construction of a proposed $4.5 million carpark between the Bob Hawke College and Subi East redevelopment project will be the City’s most expensive spend.

The City will consider installing hard court facilities on the roof of the carpark.

An officer’s report said the space would help address “an expected shortfall in parking in the area”.

A proposed $3.2 million relocation of the City’s existing Operations Centre in Jolimont to Bishop Street and $520,000 interior refurbishment of the City’s library have also been listed under the budget.

Rokeby Road South Streetscape works are included but no price tag has been allocated yet.