Rate rise proposed in line with CPI

Strong financial management and reductions in expenditure have helped the City of Karratha to propose a 1.7 per cent rate increase for residential, commercial and industrial properties for the 2016/17 financial year.

The Transient Workforce Accommodation category is proposed to have a higher increase to maintain the proportion of the rates paid by these property.

The City will now undertake a submission period to hear feedback from rate payers, particularly those whose rates will rise by more than the standard 1.7 per cent.

City of Karratha Deputy Mayor John Lally said the City had been undertaking significant efficiency measures to maintain its levels of service while proposing a low rate increase.

“We have been reviewing our levels of staffing and have negotiated a new enterprise agreement with our staff that have helped us to keep costs down,” Cr Lally said.

“Our officers have also deferred spending on new equipment, increased energy efficiency and improved our procurement processes to maximise savings,” he said.

“The proposed rate increases are in line with the consumer price index, so they really reflect the minimum increase we can maintain while keeping up with inflation.

Property owners whose rates are set to rise by greater than the standard 1.7 per cent increase will be contacted by the City in writing to seek their feedback on next year’s proposed rates.

The 1.7 per cent increase is proposed to apply to the majority of properties, including residential and commercial properties.

Submissions on the proposed differential rates for 2016/17 can be made to the City from May 1.