Wednesday, 26 June 2024

Budget and rates announced for 2024-25

Council adopted the 2024–25 budget at its meeting last night, approving a rate rise of 1.9 per cent for the third year in a row. The minimum rate remains unchanged at $1190, maintaining the same level since 2019–20, despite significant inflation over the same period.

Mayor David McMullen said, “This budget reinforces our dedication to providing high-quality services and planning for the future, all while keeping household budget pressures in mind.

“Council has approved a budget that responsibly balances income and expenditure, to support a sustainable and thriving City. We believe the budget offers value to our ratepayers, and will allow us not only to maintain – but in some cases, improve and upgrade – services and amenities for our community.”

This year's budget includes a substantial unavoidable increase in waste service fees due to the State Government’s landfill charge and rising waste transport, processing and infrastructure costs. As a result, waste service fees will increase by $51 per standard residential service, from $340 to $391.

There will also be a 4.3 per cent increase in the Emergency Services Levy (ESL) this year, which local governments are required to collect on behalf of the State Government to fund fire and emergency services across Western Australia.

A key priority in the budget is the ongoing upgrade of the City’s digital systems. The TechnologyOne transformative project aims to reduce manual processes and improve customer service through modern, streamlined software.

The budget also includes a $21.4 million capital works program, funding important renewal, upgrade and new asset development projects. These projects encompass road safety improvements, public realm upgrades, playground renewals, tree planting and the refurbishment of the Shenton Park Community Centre.

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