SHIRE of Mundaring Council adopted the 2019-20 budget at an Ordinary Council Meeting on 11 June 2019.
The good news for residents is that there will be an estimated decrease of $10 per year per household (for the average residential rateable property).
The annual budget is based on an overall annual rates increase of 2.8% from the previous year. While the average rates payable per residential property will increase by $43, it has been offset by a decrease of $53 in waste charges.
This saving was generated by increased recycling and less waste to landfill together with operational efficiencies in waste management.
The Shire's Long Term Financial Plan, another key financial document, was also endorsed at the meeting.
Shire President Cr John Daw said the budget was appropriate for the current economic climate.
"The focus of the 2019-20 budget is to deliver services and facilities to our community while laying the foundations for the future," he said. "It includes an affordable and modest rate increase of 2.8 per cent which encompasses an allocation for the renewal and upgrade of existing infrastructure."
The Capital Works Program comprises a number of key projects including:
- Mundaring Oval Lighting Upgrade
- New toilet block at Broz Park, Helena Valley
- Resurfacing hard courts at Mundaring Tennis Club
- Morgan John Morgan Reserve Upgrade
- Mt Helena Skate Park Extension
- Scott Street Bridge Upgrade
This budget outlines many community assets provided and maintained by the Shire such as parks, roads, halls, footpaths, playgrounds and waste transfer stations as well as the multiple services it offers to the community.
In addition, the budget incorporates the workforce plan for the Shire of Mundaring which reflects an increase of one full-time equivalent staff, forecast to occur from 2019-20.
Cr Daw said he was confident ratepayers would be satisfied with the outcome as the budget reflects Council's ongoing commitment to a lower rating profile over a longer term.
"We will continue to allocate funding to ensure the Shire remains a remarkable place - where our residents are proud to call home, where businesses thrive, and where people want to visit."
The budget is on the Shire's website, www.mundaring.wa.gov.au or by clicking here.