The 2021-22 budget sees Cockburn households continuing to pay some of the lowest rates in Perth, despite ongoing economic challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The budget incorporates a small rate rise of 1.5 per cent, with Cockburn’s average residential improved rate of $1,596 for 2021-22 (inclusive of concessions) making it the lowest among neighbouring councils, while also maintaining a COVID-19 concession.
Council has retained the COVID-19 concession at a reduced rate of 50 per cent this year, but only for affected residential improved properties.
Those residential improved properties eligible last year will receive the reduced concession except where circumstances for their property have changed (i.e. type of use, any improvements made, GRV changes).
You are eligible for a rates concession if you have a single dwelling under the Improved Residential property category and your property’s GRV value is above the adopted concession threshold of $20,690. The concession ensures that the yearly rates increase for each single improved residential property doesn’t exceed the percentage set by Council in its annual budget. This is necessary as waste and security charges were previously incorporated into general rates.
The concession is calculated using a rate of $0.02857 multiplied by the amount of GRV your property is over the threshold.
The concession will not be retained for Commercial, Industrial and Vacant Land properties, in line with the elimination of similar Commonwealth Government concessions and support measures.
City fees and charges
The City’s fees and charges to the community have either remained the same or had small CPI increases, with the City’s Waste Services charge for commercial and industrial properties staying at $458.
Pension and seniors rebate
The pension rebate cap of $750 (first applied in 2016-17) will remain the same along with the Seniors rebate, capped at $100.
Rates and support services
The City continues to offer a range of rate payment options, including SmartRates which allows ratepayers to make weekly, fortnightly or four weekly direct debit payments. This makes it easier and more manageable to pay
Under the City’s financial hardship policy, the waiving of interest and other fees on rates for those affected by the pandemic will further assist in alleviating the financial burden on ratepayers. Financial counselling services are offered to individuals and families.
If you are experiencing difficulties paying your rates, please contact Customer Service on firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 08 9411 3444.