Melville adopts 2017-2018 Budget

The adoption of the City of Melville’s 2017-2018 Budget last week (Thursday, 22 June 2017), has secured $34.9 million in funding for important works projects, ensured the ongoing provision of more than 200 vital community products and services and confirmed an average residential rate increase of 2.2%, however due to other movements in the rates base the total rates income is estimated to increase by a lesser amount of 1.9%.

City of Melville Chief Executive Officer Dr Shayne Silcox highlighted that with the City’s revenue base heavily reliant on income from residential rates, it presented a challenge every year when putting the budget together to meets the needs of the community while keeping rate increases to a minimum.

“We have worked hard to ensure our ratepayers are impacted as little as possible while balancing this with budgeting for key projects that support the growth and prosperity of our City, and continuing to provide essential community services and managing $1.2 billion dollars in assets.

“Again one of our key priorities for 2017-2018 is to continue to look at ways to reduce the City’s reliance on residential rates by diversifying our revenue base, which helps us work towards our goal for greater community wellbeing.

“We have continued to work to a sustainable budgeting model that provides for long term financial stability, taking into account today’s needs but also those of future generations which means adequately planning for and funding the maintenance and renewal of our assets, and major  planning requirements for our Future Melville”

Annual rates are calculated as a percentage of the gross rental value (GRV) of properties, with a typical residential property in the City of Melville calculated at an annual GRV of $26,459 per annum or approximately $509 per week.

In 2016-2017 the average residential rate (which includes waste and security charges) was $1,705.

In 2017-2018, the equivalent amount will be $1,743, an increase of $38 per annum.

The City’s total rates income of $85.37 million has been carefully allocated to ensure operating service levels are maintained, together with an appropriate level of investment in the City’s assets.

The City includes the $16.12 million cost of residential waste collection and disposal within the general rates. This allows eligible seniors and pensioners to access State rebates on this component of their annual rates. 

The 2017-2018 Budget provides for $34.9m in capital expenditure, key items include:

  • $12.9m for works on Council owned buildings, including $7.3m for the Tompkins Park upgrade, $1.6m to refurbish and upgrade Leisure Fit Melville, and $850k to refurbish and upgrade AH Bracks Library;
  • $9.1m for general road resurfacing projects;
  • $1.6m for the replacement of plant and vehicles;
  • $1.2m for information technology hardware and software;
  • $1.1m for irrigation works across the City’s parks;
  • $1.1m for replacement and new footpaths;
  • $1.1k for drainage renewal and upgrade projects;
  • $770k for environmental works, including foreshore restoration;
  • $540k for renewal of playgrounds;
  • $532k for renewal and development of Parks/Foreshores
  • $440k for renewal and development of Streetscapes and Structures;

The City is reliant on grants to assist funding its capital program.  The 2017-2018 Annual Budget includes funding from both State and Federal Government programs, including Roads to Recovery, Main Roads Regional Grants, State Black Spots and Lotterywest.

Ratepayers can expect to receive their rate notice from Thursday, 20 July 2017, if signed up to digital rates or during week commencing Monday, 24 July 2017 by post.

City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey reminded ratepayers of the opportunity to be part of two prize draws.

“We will be rewarding three early bird ratepayers with a $1,000 Westpac Reward Saver Account, simply pay your rates in full by 5.00pm on Monday, 14 August 2017 and you’ll automatically be entered into the draw,” “Plus, we are continuing to reward ratepayers who have chosen to receive their rate notices digitally with our paperless rate prize draw. If you’re not already registered, sign up to eNotices, BPay View or MyPost Digital Mailbox by Monday, 28 August 2017, to be automatically entered into the draw,”

“Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors this year, the Paperless Rates Prize Pool  includes a Food Lovers Package of six cooking classes at Matters of Taste Cooking School valued at $660, a $500 shopping spree at Stockland Bull Creek Shopping Centre, a $500 Couple’s Escape package at Le Beau Spa & Clinic, and two 12-month Healthy Lifestyle Plus memberships at City of Melville LeisureFit Centres, valued at $2,856,” said Mayor Aubrey.

Included with the annual rates notice is Your guide to what you pay and the A-Z of what you get 2017-2018, which provides a budget summary and outline of rate calculations, plus details of over 200 products and services available to the community.

Copies of the guide are also available at the City of Melville Civic Centre, libraries, LeisureFit Centres and community centres.

To find out more about your rates and charges, the 2017-2018 Budget and this year’s rates prize draw details, please visit www.melvillecity.com.au/rates or call 1300 635 845  | 9364 0666.

To see a full list of the City’s 200+ products and services, visit www.melvillecity.com.au/a-z.