In 2019/20 Council’s adopted budget ensures Council continues to be financially sustainable whilst delivering the range of services and infrastructure for affordable rates.
The total rates increase across the City is 2.0% (plus new property growth).
This includes a 0.6% increase in total rates for funding the $600,000 additional impost in the solid waste levied by the state government budget on the 18 June 2019.
For the “typical” residential ratepayer paying $1,377 p.a (median property valuation of $514,818) or $3.77 per day this is an additional $0.56 cents per week.
The minimum rate for 35% of all ratepayers will increase from $1071 to $1095, an additional $24 p.a.
This total rates increase of 2% is as against a Local Government Price Index (LGPI) of 2.1% as at March 2019 and forecast CPI by Access Economics for 2019/20 of 2.1%.
Below is the distribution of residential rates increases across the City
72.1% of residential ratepayers will have a rates increase less than 2.5% with 19% a reduction in rates.
For the rates tax levied, ratepayers are investing in the following services and infrastructure in their local community:
- Core services such as maintenance of parks, reserves, roads and community buildings, waste collection and recycling services, development planning and compliance, and provision of five library services throughout the City at a total operating cost (excluding depreciation) of $87.727m.
- Additional annual operating initiatives of $2.688m including economic development and initiatives to support to business, school holiday sports program and greening the City projects.
- A Capital works program investing $58.99m for roads, footpaths, traffic management initiatives, playgrounds, continuation of flood mitigation stormwater works on Port Road, the completion of the upgrade of the St Clair Recreation centre, West Beach Rockwall and SAPN street lighting replacement program.
You can read the Annual Business Plan and Budget 2019-2020 for a comprehensive list of all capital and annual operating initiatives:
We also have a summarised version: Annual Business Plan and Budget Summary 2019-2020.