Nominal Rate Rise for Melville
Following City of Melville Council’s adoption of the 2012/2013 Budget on Tuesday, 26 June 2012 the City confirms there will be a nominal increase in residential rates this year.
With rates notices due out from Friday, 20 July 2012, residents can expect to see an increase of 5.2 per cent or an average of $53.00 in their general rates. This equates to about $1.00 a week increase for the average residential ratepayer. The overall increase compares favourably with other Councils.
While the draft budget proposed a 4.5% rate increase, City of Melville Council voted for an amendment to include $350,000.00 in additional funding to develop public open spaces for the community. In 2012/2013 redevelopment is marked for the former Water Corporation site in Mount Pleasant and planning and design for the former Carawatha Primary School site in Willagee.
Chief Executive Officer Dr Shayne Silcox said the budget for 2012/2013 is a sound and fair budget prepared with careful consideration to community needs as well as the strategic, facility, infrastructure and operational needs of the City.
“The 2012/13 budget has been framed against a background of continuing and significant cost increases in Western Australia, with utilities, materials, contractors and labour costs being the major cost drivers,” Dr Silcox said.
“Carbon tax cost increases have not been passed onto ratepayers, instead the budget has been designed to absorb any impact, which is as yet unquantifiable, through other efficiencies and savings.
“Residents will also notice a minimal $5.00 increase to their waste service rate, which will bring them an expanded weekly recycling service. This increase reflects the Council’s recent decision to begin weekly recycling collection using the existing 240 litre recycling bins.
“This decision is driven by the City’s goal to increase recyclables and reduce waste. A weekly recycling collection has the potential to increase recyclables by up to 20 per cent and in reducing waste will reduce our use of landfill, minimising the landfill levy burden to the ratepayer.
“As in previous years, I encourage ratepayers to pay their rates early and enter the draw to be in the running to win one of many fabulous prizes on offer from our local businesses. This fantastic competition is the City’s way of thanking those who pay their rates promptly.
“You will also automatically go in the draw to win a $3,000 Westpac Reward Saver Account.
“Prizes include: a $500.00 shopping spree at Stockland Bull Creek Shopping Centre; a $500.00 couples spa pamper package at Le Beau Day Spa in Kardinya; five cooking classes at Matters of Taste Cooking School in Bicton valued at $600.00; and a three month membership for you and a friend valued at $688.00 at Melville Recreation Centre in Melville and the newly renovated Melville Aquatic Fitness Centre in Booragoon.
“For the chance to win, pay your rates in full by Monday, 8 August 2012, complete the entry form on your rate notice and drop it into any of the sponsor entry boxes located across the City by Monday, 20 August.”
Along with their annual rate notice, residents will receive Your guide to what you pay and the A-Z of what you get 2012-2013. This guide tells residents what they need to know about more than 200 products and services on offer by the City. The guide also includes a budget summary explaining what the rate rise means for residents.
To find out more about this year’s rates prize draw, including entry box locations and conditions of entry click here or call 1300 635 845.
To see a full list of the organisation’s products and services click here.
Your guide to what you pay and the A-Z of what you get 2012-2013 will soon be available at the City’s Civic Centre, libraries, recreation centres and community centres.