Gosnells’ rates set to rise

Gosnells’ rates set to rise

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Ratepayers in the City of Gosnells can expect to see an average rise of 1.9 per cent in their annual rates after Council voted this week to impose the modest increase.

According to the City, the increase was the lowest in more than a decade, despite increases to everyday costs such as electricity, water and vehicle registration fees.

Mayor Glenn Dewhurst said the City tried to keep rates as low as possible as it recognised finances for ratepayers were tight.

“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,” he 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.”

One of the largest increases in ratepayers’ bills this year was the Emergency Services Levy, which increased by 10.9 per cent.

Mr Dewhurst said although the charge was collected alongside rates the City had no influence over it and all levy monies were forwarded directly to the State Government.

The City of Gosnells rubbish charge was also increased by $35 per household due to the Chinese government’s decision to limit imports of recycled materials.

Ratepayers in the City of Gosnells can expect to see an average rise of 1.9 per cent in their annual rates after Council voted this week to impose the modest increase.

According to the City, the increase was the lowest in more than a decade, despite increases to everyday costs such as electricity, water and vehicle registration fees.

Mayor Glenn Dewhurst said the City tried to keep rates as low as possible as it recognised finances for ratepayers were tight.

“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,” he 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.”

One of the largest increases in ratepayers’ bills this year was the Emergency Services Levy, which increased by 10.9 per cent.

Mr Dewhurst said although the charge was collected alongside rates the City had no influence over it and all levy monies were forwarded directly to the State Government.

The City of Gosnells rubbish charge was also increased by $35 per household due to the Chinese government’s decision to limit imports of recycled materials.