Council fees jump

RUBBISH charges are set to rise in Bayswater, with the domestic service charge increasing from $284.70 to $307.30 from July 1.

Locals could be slugged around 4.5 per cent rates rise on top of that.

At the time of going to press, the council was set to approve the draft budget which also sets aside $1 million for merger costs.

Major capital works programs include the Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary restoration ($3.2m), roads infrastructure ($2.45m) and sporting field upgrades ($780,000).

Mayor Sylvan Albert describes the budget as prudent.

“The city is poised for change as we prepare for local government reform,” he says.  “Council has worked hard to keep any rates increase to a minimum while we also ensure we can maintain all of the services expected by our community. So the city is looking to set a prudent budget for 2014-15.”

Bayswater City Residents’ Association president Tony Green notes the rate rise is well above the current consumer price index, the official measure for inflation.

“Why, when the suburban in-fill program has resulted in a massive increased in rateable dwellings, has the city seen fit to lift the rates to a figure that is well above the current cost of living index?” he asks.

The Voice understands neighbouring Stirling city council is set to raise rates by under 3.5 per cent.

by STEPHEN POLLOCK

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