The City of Belmont’s rate in the dollar will only rise by 1.75 per cent which is consistent with the forecasted Consumer Price Index for Perth.
The City of Belmont’s 2019-2020 Rate Setting Budget was endorsed by Council at its Ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday, 25 June.
The Budget maintains the City’s commitment to the local community together with responsible planning for the future while delivering major community projects such as the new Community Centre.
“The City continues to focus and maintain its commitment to low rate increases with only a 1.75 per cent rate increase,” City of Belmont Mayor Cr Phil Marks said.
“This is in line with the Consumer Price Index for Perth which is forecasted to be 1.75 per cent during 2019-2020 and the Western Australian Local Government Association Local Government Cost Index (LGCI) is forecasted to be 1.80 per cent during 2019-2020.
“The average annual rates for residents will increase from approximately $1,373 to $1,397 - including rubbish charges, but excluding the State Government imposed Emergency Services Levy (ESL). This represents the increase of only 1.75 per cent on the total charge.
“This is a responsible Budget with targeted outcomes that will deliver real benefits to our community,” Mayor Marks said.
“This wide-ranging Budget includes continued financial support for a local domestic violence support officer ($159,570), assistance for organisations such as Nyoongar Outreach ($25,000), RSL ($5000), 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 cost effective services and facilities including the new Community Centre.”
Approximately $31.6 million has been budgeted for capital works in the areas of road, buildings, parks, environment, streetscapes, footpaths and drainage.
“We have continued to enhance our activities in the area of Community Events, Community Development, Community Wellbeing, Placemaking, 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.
“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 2019-2020 Budget also includes:
• Faulkner Civic Precinct Community Centre: $15,520,000 million towards the construction of the new multi-purpose Community Centre which includes $7,208,930 in grant funding;
• $2,024,074 towards the Belmont Avenue road rehabilitation between Alexander Road and Great Eastern Highway;
• Crime Prevention and CCTV: $1,765,131
• Belmont Oasis Leisure Centre: $1,700,000 Renewal works;
• Faulkner Civic Precinct : $900,000 interface upgrade;
• Wilson Park Master Plan: $300,000 Stage 1 Design;
• Forster Park: $420,000 construction of pump track and playground;
• Bilya Kard Boodja Lookout : $50,000 foreshore stabilisation;
• Community Contribution Fund: $80,000
“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 2019-2020 Budget will support Council’s vision for Belmont – the City of Opportunity,” he said.
Residents will receive more information on the 2019-2020 Budget with their rate notices.