Town of Cambridge only local government to keep rates the same

Town of Cambridge Mayor Keri Shannon.
Town of Cambridge Mayor Keri Shannon.

CAMBRIDGE councillors voted unanimously last night to pass the 2018-19 draft budget with no rate increase.

The Town is the only local government in Perth this financial year to pass a 0 per cent increase.

The reporting officer noted revenue will still grow by 2 per cent due to a higher number of rateable properties.

Cr Andres Timmermanis moved the draft budget, which was seconded by Cr Kate McKerracher.

“We’ve been in a low-inflation environment here for the last 10 years,” Cr Timmermanis said.

“Do we need that much more of people’s money to do what they want us to do?”

The councillor pointed out increases at other councils across Perth and said he “wouldn’t be patting [himself] on the back” for increases above CPI.

Mayor Keri Shannon said it had become a strategic objective of the council to drive efficiency and be scrupulous with rises and expenditure.

“We’re very aware it’s other people’s money,” she said.

The draft was passed 7-0, with Crs Louis Carr and Jane Powell providing apologies for missing the meeting.

The document is now open for public comment with submissions closing Friday, July 20.