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28/05/2019 12:00 p.m.
28 May 2019
Kwinana Council has agreed to proceed with budget preparations, reducing the increase for residential rates in the City of Kwinana from the advertised 3.5 per cent to 2.5 per cent, in a Special Council Meeting held last night.
Mayor Carol Adams said that the Council reviewed seven rates options and agreed upon a rate increase that would ensure services to the community were not compromised, whilst taking into account the community submissions received and the current economic climate faced by ratepayers.
"Each year the City calculates the level of rates required to fund the services and activities we provide to the Kwinana community, after taking into account all other possible forms of revenue," Mayor Adams said.
"The process is complex, but it is a task that all local governments must face on a yearly basis," she said.
At an Ordinary Council Meeting on 10 April 2019, Council resolved to advertise the Statement of Objects and Reasons, proposed differential rates and minimum payments for 2019/2020. The proposal included an average 3.5 per cent increase to GRV residential rating categories and 2.5per cent increase to GRV non-residential and vacant rating categories whilst continuing to harmonise the City's rating structure.
Council advertised its intention to raise rates on 1 May 2019 and received a total of 33 submissions from members of the public.
"The views and opinions of our ratepayers were taken into consideration at the Special Council Meeting held on Monday, 27 May," Mayor Adams said.
"We are keenly aware that many in our community are doing it tough and we tried to strike a balance between the community's capacity to pay rates and the City's capacity to deliver quality services," she said.
"We concluded that the fairest outcome was to proceed with budget preparations with a 2.5 per cent increase to the Improved Residential rate category plus continuing the rate harmonisation for applicable rating categories," she said.
The Council are working towards finalising the 2019/20 budget and anticipate that this will be adopted at its Ordinary Council Meeting on Wednesday 26 June.