The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder looks set to adopt a 0% increase across the board for the new financial year as they consider the rate in the dollar for the 2019/20 budget.
A complicating factor this year is the total revaluation of all properties in the City by Landgate. This will produce fluctuations which will result in the specific amount of rates varying from property to property.
City CEO John Walker said the 0% increase was the result of a number of factors, including improved efficiencies, better resourcing and continued austerity measures across the organisation.
“Whilst we had initially flagged a potential 2% increase in the rate in the dollar, this was to provide us with a starting point to develop the budget. Now that we’ve crunched the numbers, it has become apparent that we can achieve our budget outcomes with a 0% increase in the rate of the dollar across all our rating categories,” he said.
“This figure still needs to be advertised for public comment, and it needs to be approved by the Minister for Local Government before it can be officially adopted.”
“The City is committed to supporting the community, and over the past three years as we have been carrying out budget repair, there has been a commitment to keeping rates increases as low as possible.”
City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Mayor John Bowler supported the revised rate in the dollar for the 2019/20 financial year.
“This is something that I committed to when I was first elected Mayor, however due to the extensive financial and budget repair required we have not been able to deliver it until now,” he said.