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 City of Belmont Rate Increase Among Lowest in State For Ratepayers

The City of Belmont’s minimal rate rise of 1.5 per cent is anticipated to be among the lowest in the State.

The City of Belmont’s 2018-2019 Budget was endorsed by Council at its Ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday, 26 June.

The Budget maintains the City’s commitment to the local community together with responsible planning for the future while delivering major community projects.

“The City continues to focus and maintain its commitment to low rate increases with only a 1.47 per cent increase in rate yield,” City of Belmont Mayor Cr Phil Marks said.

“This is in line with the Consumer Price Index for Perth which is forecasted to be 1.50 per cent during 2018-2019 and the Western Australian Local Government Association Local Government Cost Index (LGCI) is forecasted to be 1.80 per cent during 2018-2019.

“The average annual rates for residents will increase from approximately $1,342 to $1,372 - including rubbish charges, but excluding the State Government imposed Emergency Services Levy (ESL). This represents an increase of only 2.2 per cent on the total charge.

“This year rubbish charges will increase by 5.0 per cent due to State Government and other external cost increases,” Mayor Marks said.

“This is a responsible Budget with targeted outcomes that will deliver real benefits to our community,” Mayor Marks said.

“This wide-ranging Budget includes the continued provision of three Community Watch patrol vehicles ($1,339,297), BUSlink shuttle service ($53,853), financial support for a local domestic violence support officer ($141,320), assistance for organisations such as Nyoongar Outreach ($25,000), YouthCARE ($15,000), RSL ($5000), Befriend ($6000) and Belmont Men’s Shed ($55,000) – and this is only a small snapshot of what the City of Belmont provides,” Mayor Marks said.

“The City has maintained our commitment to the community to provide and expand our excellent, cost effective services and facilities such as the new Community Centre.”

Approximately $43 million has been budgeted for capital works in the areas of buildings, parks, environment, streetscapes, roads, footpaths and drainage.

“We have continued to enhance our activities in the area of Community Events, Community Development, Community Wellbeing and remain focused on areas such as parks and reserves, road maintenance, the natural environment and community facilities as well as crime prevention, safety and security,” Mayor Marks said.

“The 2018-2019 Budget also continues to focus on providing a broad range of events for our community. We focus on areas our community tells us are important to them and our Budget demonstrates that we remain responsive to their views,” he said.

The 2018-2019 Budget also includes:

  • Faulkner Civic Precinct Community Centre: $28,361,716 million towards the construction of the new multi-purpose community centre which includes $9,675,081 Federal Government and $3,837,557 Lotterywest grant funding;
  • Belmont Business Park Enhancements: $6,567,418 installation of underground power, street lighting Belmont Avenue and additional car parking;
  • Alexander Road: $860,194 road rehabilitation from Hutchison Street to Kooyong Road;
  • Crime Prevention and CCTV: $795,465;
  • Parks: $751,345 Replacement of playground equipment and soft fall plus facility renewal;
  • Surrey Road Bike Boulevard: $496,625 for Stages 2 and 3;
  • Foster Park: $280,000 for upgrade;
  • Community Contribution Fund: $80,000;
  • Ascot Racecourse: $40,000 foreshore erosion works including $18,842 Riverbank funding.

“The budget process is a demanding task and I wish to recognise the efforts of, and extend my thanks to, my fellow Councillors and all the staff who have contributed to the process,” Mayor Marks said. 

“I feel sure that the 2018-2019 Budget will support Council’s vision for Belmont – the City of Opportunity,” he said.

Residents will receive more information on the 2018-2019 Budget with their rate notices.