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Rate increases kept to a minimum

Published on Wednesday 4 July, 2018

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The City of Gosnells will again keep rate increases to a minimum for the 2018/19 financial year, with an average rate rise of just 1.9 per cent.

For the second year in a row, the modest increase is the lowest in over a decade. It comes despite recent increases in electricity costs (7%), water costs (5.5%) and vehicle registration fees (5.8%).

Mayor Glenn Dewhurst said significant increases in utility costs and other State Government services had affected the City’s budget, just as they have affected household budgets.

“We recognise finances for our ratepayers are tight, and we work hard to ensure our rates are kept as low as possible,” he said.

One of the largest increases in ratepayers’ total bills comes from the State Government’s Emergency Services Levy, which has increased by 10.9%. Although this charge is collected alongside rates, the City has no influence over it and all Levy monies are forwarded directly to the State Government.

This year’s rubbish charge was affected by the Chinese Government’s widely publicised decision to limit imports of recycled materials. This will increase the cost of processing recyclable materials, and so the City’s rubbish charge will increase by $35 per household, to reflect the increased charges to the City.

“Providing quality services, support and engagement for residents and ratepayers will continue to be a focus in 2018/19, with many vibrant and exciting programs, activities and events lined up for all our residents,” Mayor Dewhurst said.

“Our community spaces will receive a boost with an $850,000 redevelopment of Holling Street Reserve and a further $4.4 million allocated to redevelop a number of other reserves and parks.

“Investment in road infrastructure will continue to be a priority, with $5.2 million to be spent on major road projects.”

Mayor Dewhurst also said the City hoped to be able to progress a new Local Planning Scheme and Strategy in 2018/19, which will provide a fresh focus to planning and development in the growing City, however, this is subject to approval from the State Government.

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