RESULTS of the recent community engagement regarding Mundaring Council's Rates and Services Proposal have guided Council in setting the direction for retention of existing surveys.
Other key factors which were taken into consideration include cost, risks associated with reducing certain service levels, the impact of proposed changes and the current usage of services. Council will make its final decision in relation to rate levels and service levels at a Special Council Meeting in July 2017.
To read the survey results in full, click here.
Here is an overview of the direction Council has provided in order to reduce the proposed rate increases.
It is important to note they will still need to be endorsed at a July Council meeting as part of the Shire's Long Term Financial Plan.
to existing service level
No immediate change-
more research and investigation required
Library opening times
Tree Canopy Understorey Program (TCUP)
Commercial activities at Lake Leschenaultia (canoe hire, camping and café)
Mt Helena Aquatic and Recreation Centre (partnership with the Department of Education)
|Significant changes to take effect as of July 2017||||Savings|
|Reduce expenditure on new drainage by 50%||||$300,000 per annum|
|Reduce expenditure on footpath programs by 50%||||$260.000 per annum|
Disposal of Mahogany Creek Hall:
Capital cost saving
$14,500 per annum
|Discontinue Trek the Trail event ||||$45,548 per annum|
|Cease rebates dog and cat sterilisations||||$8,000 per annum|
|Cessation of a Tourism Strategy||||$45,000 every 5 years|
|Cessation of Destination Marketing||||$20,000 per annum|
Closure of tennis courts at Chidlow and Mahogany Creek
Capital cost saving
$4,000 per annum
|Withdraw funding from management of tennis courts at Wooroloo. Courts belong to Department of Education (DE). Courts accessible to the general public with DE permission.||||$2,000 per annum|
Current and proposed rates increases in 10 Year Long Term Financial Plan
|Current rates increase net of natural growth||5.00%||4.00%||3.85%||3.80%||2.50%||2.50%||2.50%||2.50%||2.00%||2.00%|
|Proposed rates increases||3.50%||3.00%||3.00%||3.00%||5.00%||6.00%||3.50%||2.50%||2.00%||2.00%|
In setting the rates, Council aims to address the challenge of being financially sustainable in the long term while continuing to provide services to the community. The Shire currently has a Financial Health Indicator of 75 compared to the benchmark of 70 (as per Department of Local Government and Communities). Any proposed changes to rates need to ensure that the Financial Health Indicator remains at the benchmark or above.
Why do rates vary between properties?
The rate charged varies in line with the value of a property - the higher the value of the property, the higher the rates. Values are assessed on the basis of the annual rental income potential (Gross Rental Value-GRV) of each residence which is reviewed every three years by the Valuer General's Office, or on the Unimproved Value (UV) of the land (reviewed annually).
Importantly your rates notice also includes:
Emergency Services Levy, which is a State Government charge applicable to all properties in WA. This levy is invoiced and collected by local governments on behalf of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
Standard Rubbish Service fee which covers costs for a standard green bin, a recycling bin, a waste transfer station fee and bulk verge rubbish collection.