The City of Canning adopted its 2020-2021 Annual Budget on 30 July which includes a freeze on rates revenue to help the community recover from the economic and social impacts of COVID-19.
Despite the State Government proceeding with the revaluation of property gross rental values, over 99% of the City’s ratepayers will pay less or the same amount as last year. The City has also confirmed that no residential ratepayer will pay more.
The rate freeze was initially announced in April as part of a $16.5 million COVID-19 relief package. The package also includes delaying the first rates instalment due date to November, extending payment terms and ceasing all interest charges in 2020-2021, using concessions to maintain property rates at last year’s amounts, no increase in the security charge or waste fees, establishing a Financial Hardship Policy and bringing forward future capital works to stimulate the economy and help boost local jobs.
Projects that have been brought forward include Willetton Sports Precinct, Kent Street Weir upgrades and Willetton Library redevelopment.
In 2020-21 the City is going to invest a total of $162 million into the Community. This includes:
- $20.8 million to manage urban forests, parks, sporting reserves and sustainability initiatives.
- $1.1 million supporting community participation and activation.
- $3.6 million dedicated to community safety.
- $12 million to maintain and expand transport infrastructure.
- $15.4 million to manage our waste and recycling.
- $26.5 million to provide, expand and improve our community facilities.
- $13.5 million to manage our recreational centres.
City of Canning Mayor Patrick Hall said that the budget was drafted with compassion in mind and it also represents an investment in the City’s future.
“The central themes of the budget are encouraging economic stimulus, continuing the delivery of essential services, and ensuring the wellbeing of the most vulnerable people in our community.
“This budget was a fine balancing act and I am very proud of what Council and the City administration have achieved together,” he said.
“We are playing our part to stimulate the economy by utilising existing and borrowed funds, we have been able to bring forward major projects to support local businesses, to generate local jobs, and to keep Canning moving.
Mayor Hall also urged ratepayers who could pay in full on time, to do so.
“To help us manage effectively through this next financial year, I encourage anyone who can afford to pay their rates up front to please do so. This simple gesture will greatly assist.”
“I look forward to working together with our community to set Canning on the right path to recovery,” Mayor Hall said.
Rates notices will hit letterboxes mid-August. Ratepayers who pay in full by Friday 25 September go in the draw to win one of 10 shopping vouchers (valued at $1,100 each) to spend at Vicinity Livingston Marketplace, Southlands Boulevarde Shopping Centre or Stockland Riverton Shopping Centre.
For more information about the budget, ratepayer benefits and incentives visit the City’s website canning.wa.gov.au/yourrates