This year's annual budget has been prepared on the basis of no increase to rates, in line with a previous commitment to minimise the financial impact on residents in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure that no ratepayer pays more in rates than last year, Council has adopted a special COVID concession for the 32 per cent of ratepayers that would have been charged more this year.
Cockburn households continue to pay some of the lowest rates in Perth, despite economic challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Cockburn’s average residential improved rate of $1,584 for 2020-21 is the lowest among neighbouring councils.
Although the proposed rate in the dollar for households is higher at 8.510c, this will be offset by the average decrease in property gross rental values of 13.53 per cent to ensure no rate increase for the City as a whole. The City’s minimum rate for residential improved will also remain the same as last year at $1,353, and fees and charges will remain at 2019-20 levels.
Council has adopted the following position in respect to the 2020/21 budget:
- No increase to rates and the introduction of a special COVID concession
- Freezing of all City determined fees and charges at 2019/2020 levels
- Eliminating instalment and penalty interest on rates as well as other associated fees and charges
- Removing the mandatory waste service levy from those commercial/ industrial properties not using the City’s waste service
- Freezing of the City's waste services charge for commercial and industrial properties at 2019/20 levels
- Funding for the City’s COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Local Recovery Action Plan, providing a number of relief measures to the community and local businesses.
Why haven't my rates gone down as per my GRV reduction?
This is because your rates are not directly linked to movements in the rental market – only the value of your property’s rental value in comparison with your neighbours. If rates were directly linked to the property market then rates would be far greater than currently. Using each Local Government’s budget as the starting point for setting the amount of rates required, this protects ratepayers from increases that are not directly aligned with the provision of services.
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