The City of Perth Council has adopted a zero per cent increase in rates and no increases in parking fees and charges after passing a community-focused budget last night designed to enhance Perth as a liveable, sustainable and prosperous capital city.
In recognising that residents and ratepayers have done it tough with COVID-19 in the past financial year, the Council not only endorsed maintaining rates at 2020/21 levels, but also found organisational efficiencies in operating costs of 1.7 per cent, equating to $3.5 million in savings.
The $261.7 million budget was designed around our community, with Councillors and executives involved in numerous meetings to hear first-hand the needs and priorities of community groups in the lead up to the Budget.
While the Council implemented a zero per cent increase in rates for 2021/22, the State Government mandated Emergency Services Levy – which will appear on rates notices – increased by 4.3 per cent.
Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas congratulated the City of Perth CEO and administration on the budget savings and reflecting the wishes of the Elected Members with no increase in rates.
“I made a promise to the people in the City of Perth that we would listen to them and work with them to deliver on my commitment to make this city the most liveable, sustainable and prosperous capital city possible,” he said.
“I know many of our residents and small business owners have done it tough in the past 12 to 18 months and that is why this Council is proud not to add to their burden with a rates increase, or a parking fee increase.
“This budget not only reinforces the accountability of this Council, but is responsive to the needs of the community and recognises the current economic climate.
“My aspiration is for Perth to be a successful, flourishing, modern city that provides opportunities, sustains its economy while efficiently and effectively delivering services, projects and experiences for our community.
“This budget is right for this time and is a measured and responsible one balancing community needs while managing costs and debt and is a financial blueprint for the city.”
2021/22 Budget Highlights:
- Zero per cent rate increase;
- $261.7 million total budget;
- $3.5 million operational savings;
- $23 million in major projects;
- $13.9 million for the Roe Street enhancement;
- $11.1 million for marketing, activations and events for our city;
- $6.5 million improving street lighting in our CBD and neighbourhoods;
- $5.4 million roads, paths and kerb renewals;
- $1.5 million towards a solution for our homeless community;
- $1.4 million parks and landscapes.