Two per cent rate rise approved by Karratha council

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Homes in Bulgarra, Karratha.
Camera IconHomes in Bulgarra, Karratha. Credit: West Regionals

Rates in the City of Karratha will increase by an average of 2 per cent across all land categories in the 2019-20 financial year after councillors passed a new differential rating model.

The rate increase, which was proposed late last month, was approved at a special council meeting on Friday after going out for public comment.

It means on average residential ratepayers will pay an extra $44 a year and commercial ratepayers another $139 a year.

Pastoralists will be required to pay an extra $551, airport/strategic industry ratepayers another $1449, and transient workforce accommodation another $4742 on average.

The new rating model is expected to generate $41.5 million for 2019-20 — about 42 per cent of the City’s funding requirements for the year.

Mayor Peter Long said for a fourth consecutive year the City’s rates increase was lower than the current inflation rate.

“Council has worked hard to reduce its reliance on rates, with the majority of its revenue sourced from government grants, the private sector, fees and charges,” he said.

“The rating model reflects the minimum increase necessary to maintain and improve the services we provide to the community and support our growing number of high standard facilities, including the Red Earth Arts Precinct, Karratha Tourism and Visitor Centre, Wickham Community Hub, Balyarra Parkway and Dampier Palms and Hampton Oval redevelopment.”

Cr Long said the increase also reflected a “significant” rise in operating expenditure following the State Government increasing utility charges.

Only two submissions were received during the public comment period.

The City will need to seek ministerial approval for the rates rise on gross rental value for transient workforce accommodation.

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