Kwinana ratepayers facing 3.5 per cent rate rise

Chloe FraserSound Telegraph
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City of Kwinana ratepayers could be hit with a rise in rates, with the City proposing a 3.5 per cent increase to residential rates for the 2019-20 financial year.

Electors and ratepayers can submit feedback about the proposed rates and minimum payments for each rating category to the City by 5pm on Wednesday, May 22.

The proposed rate-in-the-dollar for residential properties is $0.08279, with a minimum payment of $1072, or a 3.5 per cent rise.

It will be applied to more than 15,000 of the City’s rateable properties and deliver more than 54 per cent of the proposed rate income.

About 819 of the City’s rateable properties fall under the special residential category, which will be hit by a 6.59 per cent hike with the rate-in-dollar set at $0.07589.

Commercial and industrial property rates are also likely to increase by about 2.5 per cent with the light industrial and commercial, general industry and service commercial, and large-scale general industry and service commercial categories amalgamated next financial year to create a new rating category.

The improved rate-in-the-dollar for the commercial and industrial category would be set at $0.09269.

Vacant residential and vacant non-residential are also proposed for amalgamation, rising by 2.5 per cent with the rate-in-the-dollar set at $0.17249. General industry, rural and mining will also cop a 3.5 per cent rise.

According to a City report, the proposed rates for 2019-20 are based on the City’s Long Term Financial Plan, taking into account capital requirements, operating initiatives, community activities and fast-paced growth.

Council will consider submissions received during the comment period ahead of a final deliberation.

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